The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development of Castilla-La Mancha expects to harvest about 2.3 billion liters of wine, with 2020 being a normal harvest year.
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This figure represents 55% of the entire Spanish harvest, said Minister Francisco Martínez Arroyo. Even though this is an increase for last year"s harvest (about 2 billion liters), it is lower than the production forecast by the government a few months ago.
In order to reduce the pressure of excess stocks and thus facilitate the entry of the new season into the wineries, the Ministry of Agriculture introduced and adopted in Castilla-La Mancha the emergency measure of crisis distillation in response to the consequences of the coronavirus crisis, with 1.08 billion liters of wine extracted for crisis distillation by the end of August.
In addition, in order to ensure that the wines are protected from the coronavirus, Castilla-La Mancha has adopted a series of safety measures, all staff must use masks during agricultural work, and they have developed an emergency plan with contact details of all employees in order to track the health status of each person, and so far there have been no outbreaks of the virus in the appellation.