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Veneto wine fraud leads to address

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Pinot-Grigio-that-isn't saga continues. Italy's most popular and most fiddled white wine is once again at the centre of a scandal - as is presumably inevitable where demand for a product so far outstrips supply.

Seven producers of the Veneto region are under investigation by Padua's Nucleo Anti Sofisticazione (fraud squad) for buying cheap vino da tavola at €10,000 per 300-litre tank (100 tanks over the past two years) and selling it off as Pinot Grigio and other IGT or DOC wines to major producers. The sale price? €60,000: a 600% profit.

Among the producers implicated are Grappolo Trading of Bigarello (Mantua), Eurovini of Portogruaro (Venice), Italvini of Arcole (Verona), Azienda Agricola Fattori Gianfranco of San Bonifacio (Veneto; no relation to any other producer called Fattori), Eredi Bartolini of Basigliano (Udine), EuroComm of Vicenza and Cantine Poli of Gambellara whose head, Silvano Poli, has apparently recently been condemned to four years' prison for diverse frauds.