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Machete-Wielding Men Storm Winery Amid Mexico Water Shortages

People wielding machetes invaded the vineyard in the northern state of Coahuila this week, the company’s manager told Mexican media. 

Grapes hang on vines in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region. 

Grapes hang on vines in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region. 

Photographer: Guillermo Arias

Machete-wielding men angered by water scarcity overran Mexico’s oldest winemaker, Casa Madero, in the northern state of Coahuila on Wednesday evening.

The men threatened to kill members of Casa Madero’s security team and only left 24 hours later, when they heard state law enforcement was coming, but threatened to come back the next day, the 425-year-old company’s manager, Brandon Milmo, told Imagen Radio on Friday. It’s unclear who the attackers were. Casa Madero didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment.