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River of red wine runs through town after tank bursts at distillery

Poppy Bilderbeck

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River of red wine runs through town after tank bursts at distillery

Two distillery tanks burst in a Portuguese town resulting in a gushing river of red wine.

As summer draws to an end and all us basic b***h rose drinkers shed a few tears, don't break down in sobs just yet because a new wave is coming - red wine winter.

And a small town in Portugal certainly knew how to get the ball rolling - or wine flowing should we say. Prepare yourself for Willie Wonka's factory but for adults, take a look here:



São Lorenco de Bairro saw a river of red wine flood its wine-ding streets after two tanks from Levira Distillery burst yesterday (Sunday, 10 September).

It's almost as if Neil Diamond was at the bottom of the hill singing away or as one Redditor suggested, Jesus saw a flood and said: "I got this."

Some may think it looks like what the gates of 'heaven' should look like as they welcome you in, others would simply be reminded of the last time they coughed on their period, either way, it's a pretty impressive sight to behold.

Thankfully, the spill didn't take place in the UK, where no doubt someone would've grabbed a surfboard and fancied their luck down the flow or grabbed several empty bottles, on cloud wine at the opportunity to get their hands on some free booze.


Instead, an environmental alert was triggered and the Anadia Fire Department wasted no time blocking off the

wave in a bid to protect the nearby Certima River from being contaminated by over two million litres of wine.

Siri, play 'Red, Red Wine' by Neil Diamond. Credit:  X/@nuno_mar
Siri, play 'Red, Red Wine' by Neil Diamond. Credit: X/@nuno_mar

Yes, over two million litres of red wine, nearly enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool - don't get any ideas.


Luckily, the river was saved without anyone having to 'Break out the straws and some cheese!' or 'Lay down and open [their] mouth' - as some helpful Redditers volunteered to do.

However, a basement in a home near the distillery didn't get escape quite as unscathed, ending up completely flooded with the red liquid. And you can only begin to imagine the smell and red tinge that would leave behind if you think about the red speckled lips and sour breath you're left with after a heavy night.

A nearby field took the biggest hit according to local media outlets, but thankfully the soil has been carted off to a special treatment plant to sober up.

Redditors couldn't help themselves. Credit: Reddit/Damnthatsinteresting
Redditors couldn't help themselves. Credit: Reddit/Damnthatsinteresting

A spokesperson for Levira Distillery said in a statement, as quoted by Euro Weekly News: "Although the incident did not cause any injuries, we want to express our sincere concern for the damage caused in general to Levira and in particular to his home.

"The causes of the incident are being investigated by the competent authorities.

"We assume full responsibility for the costs associated with cleaning and the repair damage and have teams available to do so immediately. We are committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible."

A meeting is reported as taking place today (Monday, 11 September) to assess the damage left in the wine flood's wake.

Featured Image Credit: X/@nuno_mar

Topics: World News, Food And Drink, Reddit, Social Media

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