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COVID-19: Wine and Work in Quarantined Italy

March 23, 2020

In interviews this week, more than a dozen wine producers from across Italy described wineries in which skeletal staffs performed bottling and other essential tasks wearing protective masks and gloves and disinfect the cellars nightly. At the same time, vineyard crews worked at full speed outdoors, where there is a smaller chance of viral spread-finishing pruning, debudding and tying up vines while careful to practice ample distancing.