This year, the adverse weather has once again hit the Cereza del Bierzo brand. According to the technical director of the quality seal and the Berciana Association of Farmers (ABA), Pablo Linares, the frosts in March and April significantly affected the quality of the cherries when they were ripening. According to estimates, the frosts affected up to 50% of the production in the lowest and flat areas of the region, and 20% to 30% of the production in the slopes and higher areas.
The rains of recent weeks have also affected the cherry from Bierzo. The rains caused the fruit of the early varieties to crack, affecting a harvest that was already depleted.
As a result, the Cereza del Bierzo places its hope and confidence that the mid-season and late varieties, which are harvested in June, will arrive with better quality. "Apparently they are fine, despite the decrease in quantity," stated Linares.
Since the certification of the Cereza del Bierzo guarantee mark in 2016, only 10% of the fruits collected have been certified with the guarantee seal. In the spring of 2017, the frosts ruined the harvest, in 2018 the rains spoiled the production, and in 2019 the weather considerably reduced the amount of cherry harvested. In 2020, both the frosts and the rains affected a campaign that was also marked by confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.