The wine flowed freely in a single Portuguese city over the weekend.
Two tanks holding practically 600,000 gallons (about 2.2 million liters) of wine at a distillery collapsed on Sunday, sending a torrent of pink wine down the streets of the small city of Levira.
One tank, open on the high, collapsed due to a “structural failure,” stated Pedro Carvalho, the chief government of the distillery, Destilaria Levira, within the Portuguese municipality of Anadia, about 140 miles north of Lisbon. The sheer drive of the wine knocked over one other tank, inflicting the wine from each tanks to circulation out of the distillery and into the streets.
The authorities are investigating the reason for the collapse, Mr. Carvalho stated.
It seemed “like a river,” stated Mr. Carvalho, who famous that there was not a powerful scent within the air afterward as a result of it was “good high quality wine.”
The spill lasted for not more than an hour, Mr. Carvalho stated, and the native volunteer hearth division helped clear up the roads. No accidents have been reported.
“We deeply remorse the incident that occurred,” the distillery stated in a submit on Fb, apologizing for any harm brought about to the city and, specifically, a house’s basement.
“We take full duty for the prices related to harm cleanup and restore,” the distillery stated. “We’re dedicated to resolving this example as quickly as doable.”
The tanks that collapsed have been a part of an effort to deal with a broader drawback: There’s an excessive amount of wine in Europe. Portugal, like different main European wine producers comparable to France and Italy, is affected by an oversupply of wine, largely due to a decline in each consumption and exports. The tanks that collapsed have been getting used to retailer surplus wine, in accordance with the distillery.
In June, the European Fee, the executive department of the European Union, announced measures to support the region’s wine producers and cut back extra provides. The measures are in place by means of Oct. 15.
Inflation is one cause for the drop in consumption, and harvest final yr and persevering with issues from the coronavirus pandemic brought about an accumulation of inventory. The European Fee estimated a drop of 34 p.c in wine consumption in Portugal this yr. A the identical time, manufacturing of wine in Europe has elevated.
Wine exports from the European Union have additionally declined: Within the first quarter of this yr, exports have been about 8.5 p.c decrease than they have been in 2022, in accordance with the fee.
The excess particularly impacts pink and rosé wines from areas in France, Portugal and Spain. The French authorities introduced this month that it might spend an extra 200 million euros (about $214 million) to destroy tens of millions of gallons of wine.