An unexplained explosion at the factory near Treviso in Italy caused a 30,000-liter tank of wine to overflow on the ground. The video of the blast and sparkling wine can be seen rushing over the side of the tank and pooling at the bottom. The winery in Conegliano posted the video on Facebook where several people shared it. The footage has been seen by more than 1 million people so far. Even though wasting food is not a pleasant sight but losing a good drink is even worse. People who were commenting on the video offered to volunteer in the cleanup if it means that they can bring along some empty jugs to carry as well.
Prosecco is Italy’s version of very famous champagne by France. It is a sparkling wine which is made from Glera grape which was previously known as Prosecco. Many other varieties of the grapes can be added as well. Prosecco took its name from the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste from where the grape and wine originated. The wine is protected by Controlled Destination of Origin or DOC ruling to produce Prosecco. It is the man ingredient in many Italian cocktails including the Bellini and the spritz. The overspill is not expected to hurt the overall production in the area. The Prosecco DOC region in Italy produced around 493.3m bottles of wine this season from 440m bottles last year.
The harvest of 2017 was affected by poor weather and production of Prosecco’s consumption fallen in the UK. Brexit was also partially blamed for the decline in consumption as well. The Italian winery is not the first alcohol manufacturer to suffer such a significant loss of their product. In 2015, a massive storm and lightning struck Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky which resulted into a massive explosion. The explosion and fire caused more than 800,000 gallons of alcohol to spill into a retention pool which also caught fire and destroyed a large section of the factory.