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Banknote style labels used to stop wine fraud

As counterfeit wines continue to threaten vineyards in South Africa, winemakers have struck back. The Cape Winemakers Guild in Cape Town have ordered 26,000 silver labels with 2014 vintage emblazoned in a hologram for labels in their October auction. The holograms are similar to those used in bank notes. Fake wine is usually forged by taking the empty bottle of a vintage, then refilling it and fudging the label and the capsule or foil closure, so the hope is that the hologram will make it much more difficult for fraudsters to fake.