Spain: Rioja

Around Haro

The western parts of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
By Tom Perry

This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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The Haro Wine Battle

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.


Fiesta de la Vendimia de Rioja Alavesa (The Rioja Alavesa Harvest Festival)

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.


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