Wine heist information uncorked

Somewhere between $450,000 to $750,000 in

wine has been stolen from a Cawston winery.

The bag the wine that was stolen from a Cawston area winery was in is unique to the area.

Somewhere between $450,000 to $750,000 in

wine has been stolen from a Cawston winery.

RCMP released information about the wine

heist, which happened sometime around May 22, on

Tuesday morning to the Keremeos Review.

Const. Joe Bayda said the RCMP was not releasing

the name of the winery at this time citing privacy


Approximately 7,000 units of three-litre bags of

wine were stolen.

“No labels were

affixed to the bags at the

time of the theft; however,

these bags are unique

to the area and should

stand out if seen,” Bayda

wrote in an email.

Bayda said the owner

does have insurance.

Rumours about a significant

wine heist have

circulated in the community

since the end of May.

Police did not provide

details when asked previously

by the Review.

Bayda said a shift in

responsibilities at the

detachment and time

constraints regarding the

collection of details for a

media release contributed to the delay.

Police have no leads as to whether the wine is

still in the area or has been transported somewhere

else in the province, country or overseas.

Depending on the winery and retail costs that

amount of wine could represent an entire vintage.

A winery must submit a floor plan to the Liquor

Control Licensing Branch to receive a licence to

make commercial quantities of wine.

The winery must state whether they will store the

wine on-site or off-site.

Given the circumstances the winery most likely

would not be reprimanded for having its wine stolen.

If you have information please call the Keremeos

RCMP at (250) 499-5511 and quote file 2015-580 or

to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-

222-8477 (TIPS).

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