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WATCH | Wine farm thankful no-one hurt after tank with 50,000 litres of red wine collapsed

06 May 2021 - 13:00 By unathi nkanjeni
50,000 litres of red wine has been lost after tanks at Darling Cellars in the Western Cape collapsed.
50,000 litres of red wine has been lost after tanks at Darling Cellars in the Western Cape collapsed.
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At least 50,000 litres of red wine has been lost after tanks at Darling Cellars in the Western Cape collapsed.

On Wednesday, social media users shared videos of the red wine river on the west coast.

River of red wine.... I cannot watch this without thinking how I would have reacted being there. Darling Cellars lost 50...

Posted by Yolanda Bester on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

According to the Darling Cellars team, the “traumatic” incident happened when a stand, holding the wine tank, collapsed and fell on other tanks.

The team said the incident resulted in the loss of some of their new vintage.

Darling Cellars produces some of SA’s most popular wines, including the Chocoholic pinotage. 

“A wine tank holding 50,000 litres of wine collapsed when (we suspect) the stand keeping it upright caved in. In the process, it fell onto more tanks leading to a loss of some wine of the new vintage,” said Darling Cellars.

“While the loss of wine is a financial reality, we are glad that no-one was injured in this incident. It could have been so much worse.”

Darling Cellars said there was no immediate risk to the wine supply.

“We shall overcome this setback. Thank you for all the calls of support, genuine concern and interest in our business. We are humbled by all your support.”


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