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MANZANARES, Spain: In their fields of vines in deepest Spain, the winemakers at the Jesus del Perdon cooperative smiled last August: The blend of rain and sun promised a bumper grape crop.It vaulted Spain to the world's biggest wine producer, forcing its vintners to compete abroad in a tough market to sell off the surplus.Spain overall produced 50 million hectoliters (6.7 billion bottles) of wine in 2013, a 41 percent surge from 2012, the Spanish Agriculture Ministry said.Even Rafael del Rey, director of the Spanish Wine Market Observatory, admitted he found it "most surprising" that Spain had leapt ahead to become the top wine producer in the world in 2013 .While just eight years ago, wine made in Spain was mostly drank there, according to del Rey, now it is mostly exported.
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