Italian Police Find 9,000 Bottles of Fake Champagne in Padova

Italian financial police have described their discovery of more than 9,000 bottles of fake Moët & Chandon champagne in a shed in the countryside near Padova, as one of the most significant seizures of counterfeit bubbly in Europe. The Guardia di Finanza estimated the illicit loot would have been worth about $380,000, but could have earned the alleged counterfeiters a lot had they been able to use 40,000 fake Moët & Chandon labels that were also discovered. The wine itself is not going to waste. Police said that, in accordance with other legal authorities, the bottles had been donated to “associations” working in the Veneto, the home of Prosecco, Italy’s answer to French champagne.

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