A winery owner says he wishes a ‘slow and lingering death’ on the ‘pathetic pieces of excrement’ who stole his entire 2.5 ton grape harvest.
David Dunkenberger pulled no punches as he shared news of the theft, with the 2,500 vines of grapes stolen worth up to $50,000 had they been fermented into wine.
Writing on Facebook, he said: ‘They came in Monday night and knew what they were doing.
David Dunkenberger was left outraged after thieves stole almost his entire crop of grapes (Picture: WSET)‘Quick, efficient, multiple, pathetic pieces of excrement. They picked the vineyard clean stealing about 2 to 2.5 tons of 8 months of work.
‘Yes the financial loss hurts. All told in labor, supplies, crop and lost wine potential totaling about $50,000, gone.
‘What hurts the most is what they stole from my spirit and heart…Cherished memories spoiled by a bunch of low life, no soul, heartless excuses for human beings.
‘I hope these individuals will read this. Please know a slow and lingering death will never be long enough for you and no amount of pain you could endure will great enough.’
David and wife Allison have now been forced to close their vineyard because they have nothing to harvest (Picture: WSET)Dunkenberger was left incandescent with rage after going to check the grapes at his winery in Elliston, Virginia on Tuesday – only to discover almost every single vine on his 3.5 acre plot had been stolen.
He told WSET: ‘I just stopped and started walking though the vineyard and noticed that the crop was gone.’
The winemaker and his wife Allison had left their property at 5pm Monday for the night, meaning whoever stole the grapes had just 14 hours to do so.
He said the theft had left him in a state of ‘disbelief’.
And Allison told The Roanoke Times: ‘We still can’t wrap our heads around this … We’re just in the grieving process.’
The couple were left with just 200lbs of grapes, and have closed the winery as a result, but hope they can commence winemaking again in the future.
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