Asturias: Green Spain’s last wine secret?


Vineyards at Las Escolinas in autumn.

June 19, 1959. Cangas, southwestern Asturias. Suddenly the sky darkens to night and stones begin to fall, tons of stones, some of them the size of an egg, frozen and grey. The hailstorm lasts at least an hour and, after that, desolation. The storm destroyed what few vineyards remained in…

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This story appears in the print issue of August 2016.
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