Thousands of bottles of Italian wine with fake DOCG high quality labels may be invading shops and tables of consumers globally. On Thursday, Italian police confiscated 30,000 counterfeit bottles in the Tuscany region, as part of an ongoing investigation.
Criminals behind the fraud falsely labeled low-quality wine as DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and other wines. It could cost the Italian wine industry hundreds of thousands of euro. Thousands of liters were ready to be sold on the international market – at a price ten times higher than it was really worth. The bottles were accompanied by false quality certification documents, the Italian media reported.
The fake bottles were marked with DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) – the highest classification for Italian wines, guaranteeing controlled production methods and quality.