During a break-in at the warehouse of Kracher Fine Wine in Illmitz, Austria, at the beginning of November, very rare and expensive US wines were stolen in addition to top Bordeaux. The unknown perpetrators targeted wines from Harlan Estate and Bond Estates, which are sought after worldwide and only available in very small quantities. The police therefore assume that it was a commissioned theft. Portfolio manager Hans Martin Gesellmann told wein.plus, there is little hope that the wines will ever reappear in the trade or as private offers. The thieves had entered the wine warehouse by breaking open a garage door and had known exactly what they wanted to take. They had concentrated on particularly rare wines, which had presumably disappeared in a private collection. The amount of damage is likely to be in six figures.
The Kracher Fine Wine GmbH has published a list of the looted wines and asks wine lovers to pay special attention should they notice offers of unclear origin or at particularly low prices in the coming weeks.
Kracher Fine Wine GmbH was founded in 2001 by the well-known sweet wine vintner Alois Kracher and focuses on trading in exceptional and rare international wines.
List of wines stolen from Kracher (pdf)
(al / Source: Vinaria, Kracher Fine Wine GmbH; Photo: Harlan Estate)