It rules out resuming the wine tourism activity and will continue to restrict access to its two wineries in order to preserve security in facilities where strict protocols have been implemented against COVID-19
It focuses on the safety of night mechanical harvesting that facilitates disinfection in all processes, as well as strict social distancing; It will protect the partners who harvest the old vineyards in glass so that prevention is extreme in the crews, equipment, transport and accommodation
La Seca, July 21, 2020.- A little over a month before the harvest begins in the DO Rueda, Bodega Cuatro Rayas considers it essential to remain responsible and maintain the restrictions on access to its facilities despite the significant setback that it entails in its investment in wine tourism, as well as the organizational overexertion which means to supply with guarantees to its hundreds of national and international distributors. Therefore, it rules out resuming visits, including those related to the Rueda Wine Route, with the aim of minimizing contacts and therefore preserving the health of its nearly 400 workers and partners who live in some thirty towns in Valladolid and Segovia, and therefore in favor of public health.
The cooperative, which days before the declaration of the first State of Alarm period already formed a specific Prevention Committee to deal with Covid-19, canceled all visits, paralyzed all trips and promoted teleworking, has since March shielded its wineries in the Valladolid town of La Seca and is now focused on the conditioning and implementation of strict work protocols for the reception of more than 15 million kilos of Verdejo grapes with which it will make wines that will be distributed in more than 50 countries . It contemplates action guidelines for the development of tasks in a telematic way whenever the task carried out allows it, the blocking of face-to-face meetings, the strict regulation of the use of common areas, the organization of coordinated work teams, the reinforcement of the cleaning services for facilities and equipment, disinfectant mats, masks and hydroalcoholic gels, taking the temperature of anyone who is allowed access to the premises or carrying out antibody tests on all employees, among others.
Suitability of mechanical harvesting in favor of social distance
The winery, which for years has harvested most of its farms by machine at night to preserve the grapes from oxidation, in addition to controlling the temperature with nitrogen and carrying out intertis pressing, focuses on the safety of this type of harvest that facilitates disinfection in all equipment, as well as strict social distancing and total absence of contact with the product. On the other hand, it will protect the partners who harvest the old vineyards in glass so that prevention is extreme in the crews, equipment, transport and accommodation.