As we enjoy our festive tipple this Christmas, let’s not forget to enquire where our wine comes from. Following the recent release from prison of Rudy Kurniawan, one of the wine industry’s most prolific conmen, and seizure by Italian police of over 4,000 bottles of counterfeit ‘super Tuscan’ Bolgheri Sassicaia wine, there is no ‘riper’ time to shine the spotlight on financial crime in the wine industry.
In our latest briefing note, Themis pairs up with fellow Greek god Dionysus to explore fraud, tax evasion and money laundering linked to wine. How are criminals getting away with, quite literally, putting new wine in old bottles? How much damage is this causing? And, most importantly, what can we do to stop them?