Massive Wine Spill Floods Streets of Sao Lourenco do Bairro, Portugal

Massive Wine Spill Floods Streets of Sao Lourenco do Bairro, Portugal

In an unusual turn of events, the streets of Sao Lourenco do Bairro in Portugal found themselves flooded with wine after two tanks belonging to a winery exploded. Approximately 2.2 million liters of red wine spilled and inundated the small town, giving it an unexpected makeover.

The incident occurred on a Sunday when two tanks at the Levira Distillery exploded, causing 2.2 million liters of red to flow through the streets. This quantity of wine would be enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Local authorities were prompted to issue environmental warnings following this spectacle, as reported by The Straits Times on Tuesday (12/9).

Online videos captured the surreal sight of red wine gushing down the hills and coursing through the town, which is home to more than 2,000 residents.

Massive Wine Spill Floods Streets of Sao Lourenco do Bairro, Portugal

Efforts to Contain the Wine Spill

The Anadia Fire Department diverted the red to prevent it from contaminating the nearby Certima River, as reported by USA Today on Monday (11/9), citing local media. The wine was redirected to a nearby field, according to the New York Post.

Reports also indicated that a basement in a house near the distillery was flooded with wine.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday, the Levira Distillery expressed its deep regret for the incident. The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation by authorities.

Thankfully, there have been no reported injuries in connection with the incident.

The distillery also stated that they take full responsibility for the costs associated with the cleanup and damage repairs.


The wine spill in Sao Lourenco do Bairro remains an uncommon event, transforming the streets into rivers of red wine. While the incident caused quite a spectacle, it also serves as a reminder of the unexpected challenges that can occur in various industries. Efforts to clean up the spilled and assess the environmental impact will be critical in the days to come.