Yellow Tail Founder Charged in Drug Ring

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yellowtailnov2014.jpgOne of the founders of Yellow Tail has found himself in a spot of trouble. Marcello Casella, the youngest brother in Australia’s largest family-owned winery, Casella Wines, is alleged to be part of the criminal syndicate that produced, distributed and sold commercial quantities of cannabis and methylamphetamine. This operation was based in New South Wales, Australia.


Two weeks after being charged, he ceased being a director of Casella Wines, leaving his two older brothers, Joe and John, as the joint directors of the business. He goes before a judge in January 2015.
According to Wikipedia, the Casella family has produced wines since the 1820s in Italy. However in 1957 the Casella family, headed by Filippo Casella and his wife Maria, moved to Australia. Yellow Tail is a wine brand they established and was a chance for the family winery to enter into the bottled wine market–having previously supplied bulk wine to other wineries. Yellow Tail was developed around the year 2000, originally marketed to export countries and became the number one imported wine to the USA by 2003. Today 12 million cases of Yellow Tail is exported to more than 50 countries annually by Casella Wines.
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