Fans of Barolo, beware. Within the last few weeks, two of the northern Italian region's wineries have been targeted by thieves with a taste for expensive bottles of vino.
The quiet countryside on which the Armando Parusso and Cordero di Montezemolo wineries are situated was shaken by the thefts of over $200,000 in bottles from their cellars. Barolo is one the world's most sought-after wines alongside Bordeaux and Burgundy, which have recently seen similar thefts.
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"Our winery is built into the hillside, so it's very hard to see or hear anything below," Armando Parusso owner Marco Parusso tells Wine Spectator of the theft that took place on their grounds the night of July 13. When the winemaker arrived to his cellar the next morning, he was shocked to find the door broken open and some of their "best wines" absent.