Pull the other one; it's got grapes on
Sometimes the world of wine is a funny place.
Take the reports in the wine press over recent days about the theft of "40,000 Euros"-worth of Viognier grapes destined for Guigal's "Luminescence" Late Harvest Condrieu (an expensive sweet wine).
The first question that springs to mind is surely "What the heck?!". Why on earth would someone want to steal a third of the vineyard's crop?
After all, you've just got the raw ingredients, not the finished wine. You're going to have to find somewhere to press those grapes, keep the juices and turn it into wine. And even then it's doubtful it'd be anything like Guigal's (and so probably not at all "worth" the 40,000 Euros quoted).
Then there's the "how?".
Condrieu vineyards are steep. Very steep. So all picking has to be by hand. The reports suggest that fruit from some 850 vines is missing. That's a fair few bunches, so you'd have needed trucks to transport it.
Not to mention the time to carry out this grape heist without anyone seeing you. Do it at night and presumably they'd be lights from torches. By day and anyone might stumble across you.
You've got to love Philippe Guigal's quote in Decanter:
“the act seems premeditated, as the roads leading to the vines are in a cul-de-sac.
Really? You mean someone didn't just get to the end of the lane, see the vineyard and say, "hey, let's spend a few hours picking grapes off these here vines!". You do surprise me.
Depending upon which story you read, the Guigals are either "waiting for the police" or have "filed a complaint."
It'll be fascinating to see what transpires. I wonder if some alternative explanation; like eaten by animals, lost to bad weather, or such like come up as options.
In the meantime, if someone offers you an almighty quantity of sweet Viognier grapes to go with your cheeseboard, you know what to do.