Fraudulently blending and mislabelling lands Wine company $1.7 million fine
Fraudulently blending and mislabelling wine and falsifying records to cover it up has resulted in a wine company being fined $1.7 million, its directors on home detention and a winemaker sentenced to community work.
Southern Boundary Wines Limited is in Liquidation. Directors Scott Charles Berry, Andrew Ronald Moore and winemaker Rebecca Junell were all sentenced in the Christchurch High Court, following a long-running Ministry for Primary Industries investigation.
The wine industry is regulated under the Wine Act and one of the key requirement is that grape wine must not be associated with false or misleading labelling of any kind concerning: grape variety;vintage; or the area where the grapes are grown. The High Court sentencing notes say the company had 125,867 bottles of wine which had to be destroyed because it was in breach of the Wine Act. The wine had an estimated book value of $1.3 million.
Last updated on the 19th March 2020