The D.O. Bierzo harvest officially began about two weeks ago and, depending on the region, is expected to continue for another 15 days.
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Misericordia Bello, chairman of the supervisory board, noted that the past three years have seen a reduction in yields due to spring frosts or hail, among other things, and that this year"s weather conditions were most suitable for ripening grapes, with good weather prompting a very high yield this year. He hopes that every early morning will be cool throughout the harvest period, which will benefit the winegrowers.
However, this year's harvest did not go well, and although work continued in the vineyards and cellars, there were not enough seasonal workers to complete the harvest at the optimal time, even with safety measures in place, due to the epidemic. The forecast is that a total of 5 million kilos of grapes will be harvested this year, but it all depends entirely on how the situation changes in the coming days.
The epidemic has had a serious impact on Bierzo, with sales down by around 20% due to uncertainty in terms of wine sales. The good news is that this year the Bierzo appellation received an excellent rating in the Penin Guide 2021 Yearbook and the Regulatory Board is optimistic about the final quarter, with sales expected to pick up in the autumn.