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A woman drowned when she fell into a wine barrel after becoming intoxicated by the fumes.

Spaniard Nerea Perez, 25, was found floating face down in the barrel after fellow vineyard workers wondered where she had gone, and started looking for her in the village of Salas de los Barrios in northern Spain’s Leon province.

Colleague Ginebra Peralta Colunga, 32, said: ‘Now is the time for harvesting grapes so a lot of villages around here have people working on stirring the wine in the barrels.

‘This is the first time this has happened though.’

Winemakers stir the wine while it is fermenting for extra contact with the ‘lees,’ or sediment, which is mostly made up of dead yeast and bits of grapes.

It is a time-consuming practice believed to give a richer, fuller body and more depth of flavours.

The young woman is believed to have been found by her uncle and well-known winemaker Raul Perez.

Emergency crews also had to help members of her family who were overcome by grief at hearing the news of her death.

Wine makers say accidents like this are more common than people think because of the gases given off by wine while it is being made.

Perez was a politic figure in the local town’s Young Socialists group, who paused their campaigning for a day as a mark of respect for the woman after her death was announced.

 

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