It is a sad, sad, day for wine drinkers – watching 50 000 litres of red vino seep into the ground is a thought we’d soon likely forget. The wine did nothing to deserve this. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported and clean up operations will follow soon.
Darling Cellars in the small town of Darling in the Western Cape say they experienced a”very traumatic incident” on Tuesday, 4 May when a wine tank holding 50 000 litres of wine collapsed. The tank fell onto other wine tanks and sadly, some of their newest vintage was lost in the accident.
“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.
“There is no immediate risk to the wine supply and we shall overcome this setback,” they said in a Facebook post on their page.
They also said they are humbled by all the concern and well-wishes following the incident.
On their website they say improvements have been made to their cellars since the estate’s inception in 1948.
“Various size stainless steel tank from 5000l to 54000l abound in the cellar. This give us the opportunity to create small, unique batches of wines, or bigger, uniform batches for volume brands. A barrel ageing cellar with approximately 450 barrels is the pride and focal point of the cellar,” reads the website.