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Counterfeit wine scams “tip of the iceberg”

on 17/07/12 at 4:56 pm


Huge amounts of counterfeit wines are yet to be uncovered according to Serena Sutcliffe MW.

Addressing attendees of the Fine & Rare Specialist course at Vienna’s Palais Coburg earlier this month, the head of Sotheby’s wine department said that current allegations concerning counterfeiting were “the tip of the iceberg”.

She also said that the discovery of wine scams were a “good thing” and that Sotheby’s had turned down cellars worth “millions” due to a lack of perfect provenance.

“I would like more to come out,” she said of label scams such as the case against alleged wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan.

“It is a good thing to catch criminals whether they are stealing a handbag in the street or making money selling doubtful wines.”

She then commented that there was still a “huge amount” of counterfeit wine being sold privately through dealers or “some auction houses”.