- A Portuguese village near Sao Lourenco do Bairro was flooded with 2.2 million liters of red wine after two tanks at the local Levira distillery burst.
- Viral videos of the incident gained massive traction online, with one pulling in over 4 million views on the X platform.
- While there were initial fears of the wine contaminating a nearby river, quick action by the authorities diverted the flow to a field, and Levira has since taken full responsibility for the cleanup and damages.
Residents of a small Portuguese village near Sao Lourenco do Bairro experienced an unusual sight as red wine flooded their streets due to a mishap at a local distillery.
On a day that should’ve been like any other, locals were caught off guard by the 2.2 million liters of wine that began cascading into their surroundings—equivalent to the amount held by an Olympic-sized swimming pool!
The culprit? Levira, a local distillery, where two of their red wine tanks burst unexpectedly. As the wine began spilling, it wasn’t long before videos of the incident started making rounds on the internet.
One video, showcasing the flowing red stream, became an instant hit, racking up over 4 million views on X (the platform we once knew as Twitter). Another notable post by a user named “Massimo” pulled in an impressive 1.5 million views.
A definitely different type of flood
A river of red wine flows through São Lourenco do Bairro in Portugal when the local distillery's 2.2 million liter tanks burst
Anadia Fire Department blocked the flood diverting it away from the river into a fieldpic.twitter.com/3AhIFt5rEH— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) September 11, 2023
While the visuals might seem straight out of a wine enthusiast’s dream, there were genuine concerns on the ground. The primary worry was the possibility of this large amount of wine contaminating a nearby river. Thankfully, swift action by the authorities ensured that the wine flood was directed into a field, preventing any contamination. The field’s soil is now set for treatment.
The video clips have certainly attracted global attention, with the Pop Crave account being one of the many to highlight the incident, calling it “a definitely different type of flood.”
In light of the events, the Levira distillery expressed deep regret, shouldering the blame for the catastrophe and assuring the public that they were taking all necessary steps for cleanup and damage control. Their statement emphasized a commitment to swiftly resolving the situation, adding that the exact cause of the tank rupture was still under investigation.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that a distillery mishap has made headlines. Rewind to early 2020 in Settecani, Italy, where a similar blunder resulted in wine merging with the public water supply. This quirky event led to local taps dispensing a unique blend of wine and water. Fortunately, in this case, the leakage was a relatively modest 1,000 liters.
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