Bottelarij Geens Benelux

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN BELGIUM


This is the old ‘Bottelarij Geens Benelux’ in Aarschot, Belgium. It was a wine merchant and bottling company. The Geens company supplied the brands Saint-Emilion, Medoc and Cotes-de-Bourg.

Selling expensive French wine diluted with a cheap brand was the beginning of the end for the family company owned by Roger Geens. The police have discovered a manual among the papers of the company describing how to ‘jack up’ cheap wines. This was done, among other things, with the help of flavorings that had to give the impression that the wine was aged in oak barrels. The company also produced fruity wines in the same way.

After they discovered the fraud 500.000 liters of wine was poured down the drain. Two members of the management were imprisoned, but they deny any involvement. After the wine-fraud became public the real problems started, every shop stopped selling wines from this company and Geens Benelux went bankrupt. 70 people lost their job. I visited ‘Bottelarij Geens Benelux’ in 2009.

Built 1960s
Abandoned 2007
Demolished 2009
Bottelarij Geens Benelux
Bottelarij Geens Benelux
Bottelarij Geens Benelux
Bottelarij Geens Benelux
Bottelarij Geens Benelux
Bottelarij Geens Benelux
Bottelarij Geens Benelux


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