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. BobFV

    This is absolutely shocking – I cannot believe it.

    $185.00 per bottle for an Australian Shiraz!

    July 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn, Los Angeles, CA

      This is a terrible tragedy. The forklift driver should be horse whipped and them made to lap up the wine off the ground.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ck

    what is the brand of that forklift? must not buy that brand anymore...

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

    Serously? Can we change the saying from "Don't cry over spilled milk" to "Don't whine over spilled wine"???

    July 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. moocorners

    His insurance guy is going to be p.o.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Queen

    While I feel sorry for the wine maker, I *am* laughing my ass off at these comments.
    Thanks, people, for making my day!

    July 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vincent

    it must have been a forklift made in commie china!

    July 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrey

    Maybe the forklift driver sampled some of the merchandise? LOL

    July 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. justathought

    There are some very funny posts here, and that is OK. When I was a kid, it was one of my chores to take out the garbage. I could never tolerate the oder of alcholic beverages because they smell just like that garbage. taste is about 90% smell. So I couldn't care less, this isn't going to cause any shortage of wine, and it isn't going to put him out of business. I was thinking, $185/bottle! Who ever pays that kind of price shouldn't complain about gasolnine prices, because that is more of a matter of choice.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Heather

    Am I the only one that think that the winemakers name is just precious????

    July 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Sparky Marquis!! I love it

      July 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • octopuss

      Yeah you can't make it up.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Queen

    @Heather:
    Anyone named Sparky is cool in my eyes...

    July 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. amin

    dont drink wine , and alcohol.

    July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. octopuss

    The forklift operator seem to know his shît.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. driver

    As a forklift driver, I'd like to know how he dropped it..

    July 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    First Oslo gets bombed and now THIS!

    July 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. artus

    Great, less australian crap on the market, always good to know.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peech

      U r obviously a snob who doesn't know good wine even if it hits u on the head

      July 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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