Wine fraud

Wine fraud is a form of fraud in which wines are sold to consumers who have usually paid more than the wine is worth, if actually exists at all.

There have been a number of high profile cases of wine fraud in recent years, ranging from en primeur investment scams to dodgy labels on supermarket wines, all the way up to fake auction consignments of the world's finest and rarest wines.

The problem of fraud is especially acute in China, where the government is increasingly active in fighting forgeries, for both public health and tax reasons.

Wine fraud


Giroud Vins

Swiss winemaker Giroud convicted of tax fraud

22nd July 2014

Swiss winemaker Dominique Giroud has been convicted of tax fraud, but his spokesperson said the verdict 'does not come as a surprise'.

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Wine fugitive wanted on embezzlement charges found in Mexico

22nd January 2014

A fugitive wanted on charges of embezzling close to $1m at the California wine company that he used to work for has been found in Mexico and deported back to the US.

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Label tampering obscures fine wine provenance, merchants warn

13th January 2014

Several leading UK wine merchants have said that they are regularly offered fine wines that have had so-called 'strip labels' removed, hiding their true provenance and potentially leading to...

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Rudy Kurniawan

Kurniawan lawyers keen to avoid trial delay

11th November 2013

Lawyers representing alleged wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan are due in court to argue for him to be examined by psychiatrists.

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Counterfeit 1978 Romanee Conti

eBay defends anti-fraud plan over wine label concerns

11th November 2013

Online auction house eBay has defended its anti-fraud measures after concerns were raised in a recent court case about the availability of fake wine labels on the site.

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Police raids reveal suspected DRC wine fraud ring

22nd October 2013

A Europe-wide police operation has uncovered a suspected organised crime network believed to be responsible for selling up to EUR2m-worth (US$2.7m) of fake Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine.

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Fake JC

Clampdown planned as UK loses millions to wine fraud

15th October 2013

UK officials are considering tougher rules for drinks wholesalers as figures suggest the government is losing hundreds of millions of pounds annually via illicit wine sales.

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Daniel Snelling

Fraudsters found guilty in £4.5m Nouveau/Finbow wine trial

18th July 2013

Daniel Snelling, who ran Nouveau World Wines Ltd and Finbow Wines Ltd, has been found guilty of four counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering after a two month trial.

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Wine Forger's Handbook

Wine Forger's Handbook warns of dangers of fake wines

14th May 2013

A new eBook warning of the dangers of counterfeit wines has just been published online.

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Counterfeit wines: scandal of the century

10th May 2013

It’s been a year since Rudy Kurniawan was arrested for allegedly faking rare Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles and selling them at auction for millions of pounds. Mike Steinberger delves deeper into...

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