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(CNN) — When employees arrived at Canada’s Vignoble Coteau Rougemont winery on Thursday, prepared to select the final grapes of the season, they had been in for a shock.

On eradicating the nets from their fastidiously cultivated vines, they found thieves had hit the positioning in a single day — making off with half a tonne of grapes, equal to greater than 300 bottles of wine.

The thieves stole 500 kilograms of grapes from the site, leaving the vines bare.

The thieves stole 500 kilograms of grapes from the positioning, leaving the vines naked.

Courtesy Coteau Rougemont

“Within the morning, my employees went into the parcel, and began eradicating the nets, and after they acquired into the row, they realized that for half of the row, the nets had been already taken off,” mentioned Michel Robert, proprietor of the family-run winery in Rougemont, Quebec.

After they checked out it, they noticed there have been no extra grapes on the row,” he mentioned.

The thieves made off with half a tonne of Vidal blanc grapes — sufficient for 325 bottles of white wine, retailing at $5,000 Canadian {dollars} (round US$3,800) in whole, Robert mentioned.

Robert advised CNN that he thinks thieves used an all-terrain automobile, rubbish luggage and a small trailer to make off with the grapes in the midst of the night time, noting that they left behind a trash sack as proof of their exploits.

“Individuals had been stunned, shocked, pissed off, offended — all of the adjectives, you understand,” he mentioned. “It is the work of six months. You’re employed on it for six months, you handle the vines, you prune, you spray, you do every kind of remedy on it so you possibly can accumulate the fruit. And 6 months later, you are prepared to select it up, and it is gone,” he added.

“Half a tonne is half a tonne, and we had been relying on these grapes to provide wine.”

Vidal grapes are pictured on the vine ahead of the scheduled harvesting.

Vidal grapes are pictured on the vine forward of the scheduled harvesting.

Courtesy Coteau Rougemont

Robert mentioned the winery has filed a police report — however he would not suppose suppose the grapes may have been stolen by one other wine producer. As a substitute, he has his personal suspicions about who stole the bounty.

“It is most likely any individual that wished to make wine in his storage or basement,” he mentioned, including: “I’d say an newbie wine maker that determined to check his abilities with our grapes.”

“It isn’t widespread — for us, we have some parcels which are close to some homes, generally you go there and also you discover just a few grapes have been taken off, however to not this magnitude,” he mentioned.

The winery, which produces some 150 tonnes of grapes a 12 months, is providing a reward to anybody who may help observe down the lacking grapes — 5 circumstances of wine.

A spokesman for the Sûreté du Québec police service, Louis-Philippe Bibeau, advised CNN that it is vitally uncommon for this type of theft to happen, and there aren’t any suspects or main leads within the case right now.

There have been a number of stories of such wine-related crime. Final 12 months, information outlet The Native reported that French police had been deploying officers to patrol and forestall grape thefts within the Burgundy area.

CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian contributed reporting.

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