• Short Summary

    WINE-DRINKING ITALIANS HAVE FOCUSSED THEIR ATTENTION ON THE SMALL TOWN OF ASCOLI PICENO, IN CENTRAL ITALY, WHERE A FAMOUS WINEMAKER AND 187 OTHERS HAVE GONE ON TRIAL ON CHARGES OF SELLING ADULTERATED WINES.

  • Description

    WINE-DRINKING ITALIANS HAVE FOCUSSED THEIR ATTENTION ON THE SMALL TOWN OF ASCOLI PICENO, IN CENTRAL ITALY, WHERE A FAMOUS WINEMAKER AND 187 OTHERS HAVE GONE ON TRIAL ON CHARGES OF SELLING ADULTERATED WINES. CONFISCATED WINE WORTH THOUSANDS OF MILLIONS OF LIRE, AND THE FUTURE OF MANY SMALL WINE-PRODUCING FIRMS IN THE MARCHE REGION, ARE INVOLVED IN THE CASE.

    CENTRAL FIGURE IN THE TRIAL IS THE OWNER OF ONE OF ITALY'S BIGGEST AND BEST-PUBLICISED WINE MANUFACTURERS, SIGNOR BRUNO FERRARI OF THE HOUSE OF FERRARI. IT'S ITALY'D BIGGEST MASS TRIAL OF ALLEGED MAKERS OF FAKED WINE, IN WHICH THE ACCUSED ARE CHARGED WITH FLOODING THE COUNTRY WITH SOMETHING LIKE 50,000,000 BOTTLES CONTAINING A MIXTURE OF PLAIN WATER, ACIDS AND, IN SOME INSTANCES, ARTIFICIAL COLOURING MADE FROM SCUM DREDGED FROM THE BOTTOM OF BANANA BOATS.

    EXPERTS HAVE ESTIMATED THAT IN ONE RECENT YEAR ONE-THIRD OF ALL ITALIAN WINE STOCKS WAS SYNTHETIC. A RECIPE BEFORE THE COURT FOR ONE TYPE OF WINE INCLUDES CRUSHED DATES, HOT WATER, LEAD ACETATE, SUGAR, CHLORIDIC ACID, AND POTASH. THE WINE IS SAID TO TASTE GOOD AND, EVEN UNDER NORMAL ANALYSTS, APPEARS GENUINE.

    THE PROSECUTION IS EXPECTED TO CALL 276 WITNESSES TO BACK ITS CHARGES OF FRAUD, CONSPIRACY AND WINE ADULTERATION. THE DEFENCE, WITH 83 LAWYERS AND 275 SUPPORTING WITNESSES, WILL SEEK TO SHOW THAT MANY OF THE CHEMICALS ARE ALLOWED UNDER FOOD REGULATION, AND FOUND IN NORMALLY PRODUCED WINES. FOLLOWING SIGNOR FERRARI'S ARREST, MANY SMALL WINE FIRMS IN THE MARCHE REGION WERE CLOSED DOWN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA70POUUUDYL7GRJ5BP4HAFHIY3
    Media URN:
    VLVA70POUUUDYL7GRJ5BP4HAFHIY3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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