For wine enthusiasts, of course wine matters the most. As much as I hate to pop the trunk, wine industry is one of the most counterfeit affected one and it’s alarming. However, this doesn’t mean that fake wines aren’t good. There are some really good counterfeit wines.

But for most wine lovers, the guilt will just take all the fun away. You might also be a victim of this. Hence, with Monttra, you won’t be getting any counterfeited stuff anymore. It eliminates the whole threat to make things cleaner and purer.

Monttra works with an in depth analysis system that checks whether the product is real or not. But just for the sake or article, we are going to talk about both manual and automatic way to check whether the wine product is counterfeited or not.

What is a Fake Wine?

Not to drop a “Made in China” or some bomb like that. Fake wine in our context is the counterfeited wine. Just like other counterfeited products, let’s say, shoes or even clothes. Fake wines are becoming common in various areas of the world.

Deep in shadows, there are companies mimicking famous wine brands and selling them in our industries. Don’t just buy stuff on first glance. This is the era of theft and illusion. It has already become a billion dollars thing. A lot of big companies are getting damaged and in this article, we will talk about how you can avoid being scammed.

Copying and releasing the wine as the original is called as fake wine. This does not mean that the wine is not going to be a wine. But it has fakeness to its core. It means that there are illegal vendors that make these fake wines and then sell them like they are the company themselves.

Most Counterfeited Wine Brands

Before jumping deep into the topic, how about we talk about some really popular yet counterfeited wine brands that are not safe nowadays. Different products show different signs of fakeness.

Some have fake cork. While the others have bad branding. There can be all sorts of technical mistakes that make these wines less credible and prone to being counterfeited. Our main focus is getting to know whether a wine is real or it’s not.

1870 Château Latour 6L

1870 Château Latour wine bottle

Chateau Latour isn’t safe from being counterfeit as it’s a pretty old wine. The wine collectors tend to get stuck right into the void of being scammed. Here, the fake winemakers make a not so perfect copy of the bottle.

The cork and label both are just ridiculous. For wine lovers, they would instantly know if it’s fake.

1900 Barton & Guestier Château Lafite and Château Margaux

At the end of 1999, these bottles started for the end of a millennium parties. However, these bottles were not real. They were all made by some secret forger who’d sell them afterwards. The name of that mastermind was Khalid Rouabah.

After several years, it was found that these were being sold as fakes. The police started its worked and caught Khalid in 2004. He was sentenced to jail for upto 12 months and fine was $67,000 USD. It was pretty surprising to me when I researched about it.

1900 Château Margaux 3L

1900 Château Margaux wine bottle

This was a whole other mess. Compared to the original, size was a little messed up and branding itself was pretty fake. However, people tend not to look that deep into a product and get scammed eventually.

Cord on the fake one is 2cm while the original is 5.2 cm. So there’s a whole lot of difference when it comes to credibility of both the products.

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Other Fake Wine Brands

A lot of other brands are on the list of counterfeited wines too. The 1928 Chateau Marguax 4.5L, 1921 Petrus 6L, 1950 Petrus, 1961 Petrus, 1947 Chateau Lafleur 4.5 litres, and just a whole lot of others wine brands.

But now we are going to find the methods of finding fake wines and avoiding this mess.

Spot fake wine

Towards the manual troubleshooting, we have some methods to spot fake wines. It’s pretty hard to not get scammed however, with enough attention, you can avoid this never ending mess. Then, we will get to the main focus at the end.

Spotting fake wine can be a little difficult task. You can check the source, check cork, check the branding, and there are all sorts of checks that you must check in order to get what you deserve. These methods will teach you how to not get a counterfeit product if you’re already six feet under in it.

Make sure to read until the very end.

Check The Source

We should always play safe. It’s better to buy from a good source rather than a bad one. Similarly, you should get it from a licensed broker. It’s better to buy from a trustworthy source so that you can get the real thing and not counterfeited product.

If there’s a deal that you think is just too good. Then there’s a bright chance that things won’t be so good.

Legit wine store

Check the label color

This is a rather tricky one. So, an ultra white paper was introduced in 1957. Most of counterfeited products use these ultra while paper for the sake of making things look like they are real.

However, if the ultra white paper is used, then it’s probably fake.

Wine bottle label

Read small Labels

Small labels are always prone to some errors. The error can be that of the printer or just overall fake design. For that purpose, you should look closely towards the small label and there might be some color or printing problem.

This way, you get to know whether the wine is real or fake.

Woman reading small wine bottle label


For the most part, cork is the face of a wine. It means something. Most people would remember cork as the first thing they see in a while bottle. Well, there can be multiple things about a cork and it means something, Here are two things happening with the cork.

wine cork

Cork staining

As time passed, the cork of wines have been changed as well. It all started from lead then shifted to time and finally aluminium is the trend now. Cort is like a face and that face can easily be faked. But here’s how you troubleshoot it.

If there’s a strain on cork or it has multiple creases, there’s a big chance that it might be reapplied. This is mostly bad news as it shows that the wine is counterfeited.

Cork branding

Rebranding also happens and many counterfeited products are prone to rebranding. These illegal vendors rebrand or use old corks to fit onto the wine. There can be thumbprints or the cork might be dirty.

All these signs are way too suspicious to let you buy some pure wine.

wine cork brand


You can also tell the difference between real and fake just by looking deeply on the glass. Glass is like a main body to the wine and by looking closer, you can tell if it wobbles on a flat surface. A hand blown bottle will wobble on the flat surface. These bottles are from the 19th century.

Hence, glass also plays an important role in overall credibility of a product.

several wine bottles glass



The Solution? (Monttra)

You know the basics to avoid wine counterfeit now and the other fake products one previous article how to spot a fake product. But what if I tell you that there’s this whole new and credible way to avoid this whole mess. Not just limited to wines but Monttra has the potential to finish counterfeited products from all over the world.

It’s an anti-counterfeiting platform that avoids the distribution of counterfeited products from the start. The app is available on both Android and iOS. Basically, you get the most credible deals that you can always trust.

The main goal is to make a whole chain of trust and make the customers buy real and trusted stuff online. It does everything by building a wall that makes counterfeited stuff hidden.

You hate getting scammed? Or you just don’t buy stuff online just because of this trauma? Well, Monttra is the one thing for you. There is a back office in this whole system that checks whether the product is real or not.

After a sound analysis is done, the customers are prompted towards that certain product that is definitely not a scam. It triggers ghost ID to check. Hence, Monttra is the futuristic solution to this online scamming stuff.

App Monttra Ghost ID