Whoops! $1 million worth of wine spilled
More than 5,000 bottles of Australian wine won't be in glasses after a forklift accident Thursday.
July 22nd, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Whoops! $1 million worth of wine spilled

A malfunctioning forklift dropped 462 cases of wine in Australia on Thursday, a spill with a price tag of more than $1 million.

The 5,544 bottles of 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz, with a price tag of $185 a bottle,  fell almost 20 feet to ground of a wharf in Port Adelaide as the forklift was loading it for shipment abroad, according to media reports.

"We just couldn't believe it," winemaker Sparky Marquis said in a report on Adelaide Now. "As you can imagine, this wine is our pride and joy. To see it accidentally destroyed, and not consumed, has left us all a bit numb.

"The container manager said that when his team came and told him what had happened, he was looking around for cameras to see if it was a 'gotcha' hoax. He realised it was serious when nobody was laughing," Adelaide Now quotes Marquis as saying.

Marquis told ABC.net that only one carton among the 462 was undamaged. His staff was searching through the others to see if any other bottles may have escaped.

"All of the bottles are in the cool store and we're just having to go through every single bottle, check it first of all to see if it has any cap seal damage to it, in which case it just gets immediately discarded," ABC.net quotes him as saying.

The lost wine represents a third of his company's output for a year.

Brett McCarthur of Kerry Logistics, the company which operated the forklift, told Adelaide Now his company moves tens of thousands of heavy containers each year.

"We move hundreds of pallets a day filled with sand and even stuff that it wouldn't matter if you dropped it from 50 feet in the air, but the only premium container had to be the one," McCarthur was quoted as saying.

Marquis said he was working with insurers to get compensated for his loss.

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  1. Mordechai

    Apparently this wine pairs well with concrete.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      haha. best comment !

      July 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparkling Muscatel from Idaho.

      Or, an astringent asphalt balanced by a light bouquet of varietal Valvoline.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. arceon

    screw the wine..a million kids are dying in Somalia..

    July 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • coder

      didnt you know?
      Al-Shabaab is praying and protecting all one million of them

      July 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saywha

      Who cares about Somalia? We have our own problems...

      July 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Yea.. bad stuff going on over in Somalia but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world has or should stop. Just ask Norway…where is your concern for them?

      July 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Screw Somalia. What hundreds of bankers going to drink with their brie. We all know they need this stuff to solve the debt crisis. Use your head!

      July 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lins

      the 2 have nothing to do with one an other. 1/3 of their output. How amny people will get laid off or lose their job all together. trickle down effect... in palce here. What cant be sold translates into lost profit and lost money for a lot of people.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUH


      July 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      It looks like that is Somalias problem, or maybe Africa/the Middle Easts' problem. Not a problem for the US, who has offered aid and been denied the opportunity by Militants. But let us try and kill those militants to help and then we're the bad guy. I say let them die off. I say there will be no more pirates off their coast if we do.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jakob

      Exactly Sean, a very good and simple point you make there. Does all news have to be bad news or humorless?! Well obviously it is not a laughing matter for the poor chap, Brett, whose company dropped the container, but even he seems to realize it was all bad luck that it was full of expensive wine. Regardless what I think is the main point of this article is misfortune is it not? In conclusion what I think is most depressing is the responses in comment boxes anywhere online as in here and on other sites, for instance on Youtube, is the lame, pedantic and weak and abthe use that people give one another is certainly not the solution to the problems that face us wether it be war, poverty, or a lot of expensive wine down the drain.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zzzz

    What a loss.....Australia's pride landed on concrete.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    Now this is a REAL disaster

    July 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. menwa

    Will make that remaining wine quite valuable I would bet.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. outawork

    What an unfortunate way to loose your job.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. toldUso

    Who cares? It's not like it was a case of Surley Darkness or Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. xfleshxwoundx


    July 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MCP123

    Screw the wine? At $ 185 a bottle I doubt it has a screw top. Hey I am broke and unemployed but even I am bowing my head at this terrible loss. I wish I was there to lap up the puddles.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peech

      All of Mollydooker's wines come with screwcap I believe

      July 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dale

    2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz, with a price tag of $185 a bottle, WOW if millionaires can spend that much money on one bottle of wine, and stock their wine cellars with that high dollar stuff.

    The government needs to slap them with a 15% flat tax.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • RunForTheHills

      Millionaires? I'm no millionaire but I seldom spend less than $200US on a bottle of wine. Anything less just tastes bad.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thereisnogod

    $crew those rich b astards! If they can pay $185 a bottle, they can pay $370. Double their price. Besides cost to manufacturer is probably $10/bottle so only $55,000 loss.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jroy

    Thats what you get when you hire cheap labor and try and hog all the profit. He probably was working for minium wage.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BetterDeadThanFed

    From the Left: It's George Bush's fault.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Someone needs to tell the forklift driver, that's NOT how to properly decant wine.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmmmm

      Okay that was funny!

      July 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Daniel

    It wasnt an operator error, the post states that it was a malfunction with the forklift for one.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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