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May 30, 2022 View:

Spain's Valdepeñez decides to cancel the traditional celebration of this year's grape harvest

The past month saw a second outbreak of the New Crown epidemic in Spain. In March, the celebrations and wine fairs of the first half of the year were cancelled or postponed due to the epidemic, and the situation remained bleak in the second half of the year.

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A grape harvest and wine festival had been planned for Valdepeas, but major institutions and organizations questioned the lack of safety considerations and planning for the event. Eventually, at the end of August, Valdepeñas Mayor Jess Martn announced that the traditional celebration of this year"s grape harvest season would be cancelled.

The mayor explained that the Castilla-La Mancha government recently made changes to the previous decree against the new coronavirus, and that the government team has been studying the impact of the new decree on the September event program, and that the grape harvest and wine festival had to be cancelled in order to prevent the new coronavirus. Otherwise, the international plastic arts exhibitions, religious events and bullfights in the events program will be maintained, aiming to help the tertiary sector and support professionals in the cultural industry.

Even so, some Spanish wineries with security clearances will open in September and hold small harvest celebrations.