“During the grape harvest the workday is continuous, from sunup to sunset. In winter the hours are shorter but you have to prune in the cold and rain. Unfortunately, the tribulations of the countryside are becoming more frequent because we depend on a climate that is changing at a faster rate than ever.”
Hail storms, 35 litres of rain per square metre in half an hour, pests like mildew or phylloxera… These are the disasters that have ravaged the countryside this summer. Nature knows tricks that can “ruin the wine grower earlier and better”. Fortunately, there are remedies against the threat.
Vineyard policies are the only option that will ensure the income you would have got from your harvest. However, half of the people engaged in agriculture in Spain still do not have one.
They cover the production protecting the farmer against damages that may occur: frost, hail, drought, exceptional risks (fire, torrential rain…), pests, etc.
They protect plantations against the death of the plant or loss of the harvest from one year to the next.
And they pay indemnities for loss and damage caused to the facilities. Irrigation items (sprinklers, irrigation network) and the vine training systems (trellises) are included…
The best part is that you can insure any kind of operation. Spain has one of the most efficient agricultural insurance systems in the world. It enables farmers’ incomes to be maintained and guarantees the safety of their occupation.
“I get up pretty early so by the time the sun rises I have everything ready for the harvest. And I usually get home with just enough time for a rest. No farmer has a set workday.”
Don’t leave your income in the hands of the heavens…