Villas winery winemaker calls winemaker ‘a total idiot’ for telling owner he could lose $200 million
The winemaker of a villa in Villa Winery’s winning bid for the winery has called the business owner a “total idiot” who has no business running the wineries business.
The owner of the Villa Wineries, Michael Hirsch, made the comments on his blog after he was told by the estate agent at the time of the sale he was no longer eligible to bid for a majority stake.
“It is not a big loss to the family, but to me, it’s a total loss to me,” Mr Hirsch wrote.
He said the sale price for the villa is $20 million and the estate agency did not provide a reason for the decision.
Mr Hirsch said he was advised the estate’s agent did not understand the estate is a family-owned business and was unaware Mr Hinkle was a “sophisticated and highly educated winemaker”.
“I am in shock,” Mr Hill said.
In a statement to The ABC, Mr Hodge said: “The loss I have suffered from this decision has been a huge one, and it’s taken a long time for me to come to terms with.”
The loss to my family and the winemakers who worked hard for me and the rest of the team is devastating.””
I’ve been working hard for this for many years and have had to do this with no real help.
But with a small loss of my job, the loss of this opportunity, and a large loss of the goodwill that I have built with my friends and the world, I can no longer support my family.
“Mr Hinkle said he had been approached by several estate agents in recent months, but he said he knew none had been as “stunned” as the one he was contacted by last month.”
There is no reason I should be denied the opportunity to bid on the winemaker’s property and I am sure he will be proud to win that right,” Mr Fisch said.”
It’s just that he hasn’t been informed of it.
This is not just a loss to him, it is a loss for the world.
“Mr Hill said Mr Hinks loss of a job had been a long-standing issue for the family.”
I’m not sure if there’s anything that I can do about it,” he said.
Mr Hinks family members say the villas winemaking operation has been struggling for decades, with the winewoman at the centre of the controversy.
The owner is also involved in a legal battle with the federal government over an estate tax claim, claiming the amount owed was too small.
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