The western parts of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
By Tom Perry
This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
To explore this Wine Travel Guide, select from the menu on the left
The Haro Wine Battle on 29 June each year, during the local festival of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, commemorates a battle between Castillians and Navarrese in the Middle Ages. Scores of young people, wearing white, ride in wagons to the top of a hill outside the city where they proceed to drench one another with red wine from squirt guns, sprayers, bottles and buckets. This is followed by a picnic and then everyone rides down to Haro soaked in wine to continue the party in the main square.
This festival takes place in a different village of Rioja Alavesa each year on the second Sunday in September. The first juice from the harvest is blessed in the town square and wineries set up stands around the village, offering samples to visitors.
COPYRIGHT AND DISCLAIMER
This information is provided free of charge, however it is strictly the copyright of Wine Travel Guides and its contributors. We try to do our best in keeping our guides and information up-to-date and accurate, but if you notice any mistakes, please contact us. Note that we take no responsibility for any inaccuracies. Thanks for your respect and understanding. For full details see our Terms and Conditions.