SPANISH wine production shot up 41% last year thanks to a wet spring and sunny summer.
With vineyards producing 50 million hectolitres, enough to fill 6.7 billion bottles of wine, Spain produced even more wine than France at 42 million hectolitres and Italy at 47 million.
For years Spain has lagged behind France and Italy despite having the ‘largest planted surface of vineyards in the world’.
Angel Ortega, representative of wine-growers in La Mancha, put the bumper crop down to unusual weather conditions.
“It’s not often that you see all the right climate conditions come together like that,” he said.
“There’s a good side and bad side. To have more production means it’s always a bit more difficult to sell. The good part is that our competitors didn’t have an especially good year.”