Virginia winery suspends operations after 2 tons of grapes stolen

A winery in Virginia said: it has only six crates of grapes after more than two tonnes of grapes were stolen from a Monday night.

(Facebook via Firefly Hill Vineyards)

More than two tons of grapes for a value of up to $25,000 were stolen from a Virginia winery this week, giving the company its activities for an indefinite period of time, reports said.

Firefly Hill Vineyards said it had only six cases — less than 200 pounds of grapes — remaining after the theft.

“We still can’t wrap our heads around. … We are just in the process of grieving,” co-owner Allison Dunkenberger told the Roanoke Times.

“We still can’t wrap our heads around. … We are just in the process of mourning.”

– Allison Dunkenberger, co-owner of Firefly Hill Vineyards

The grapes were stolen hours before she, her husband and friends and relatives were to begin with the trimming of the fruit of the vine, ” she said.

Dunkenberger said the theft could have been carried out only by people who are familiar with the winery operations, according to Fox 5 DC.

A Virginia vineyard was reportedly robbed of more than 2 tons of grapes in an overnight heist. The stolen grapes were reportedly worth up to $25,000, and not covered by insurance.

— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) September 14, 2018

“I can deal with the loss of a crop to Mother Nature, but to come in and my crop in the middle of the night, and steal what we have worked for eight months, that’s discouraging,” co-owner David Dunkenberger said to the Washington Post.

The vineyard wrote in a Facebook post that what “hurts the most is what they have stolen from my mind and heart.”

“The vineyard was a family experience. My daughters grew up in that vineyard. My family and friends helped me in that vineyard. Most importantly I spent time in that vineyard with my father,” the post read.

The labor and deliveries of the stolen crop amounted to about $50,000, that the insurance does not cover, the reports said.

“You work your whole year for the harvest of the day and we were about to have,” David told the Post. “We were almost there, and someone stole”

After 12 seasons, they are “closed until further notice,” the Facebook post said.

“Daddy, I’m so very sorry,” the post said. “We will have a final mix together and toast to all the blood, sweat and tears we have shared together.”

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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