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The Wine Battle of Haro


The Festival:
Haro Wine Festival is a festival in the town of Haro in the La Rioja region of northern Spain. It is held every year in the summer on the 29th of June and involves wine drinking competitions and contests and a Batalla de Vino (Battle of Wine)
Inhabitants and tourist celebrate San Pedro's day with the infamous Batalla del Vino on the Riscos de Bilibio hilltop. Tens of thousands of litres of the tasty local Riojan Wine are used as ammunition.
At 9 o´clock in the morning a procession takes place in the streets of the town. At the head is the mayor on horseback with a banner and following him are the citizens of Haro, all dressed in white with red scarfs. They are carrying jugs, bottles, carboys and what ever you can fill with wine. Al ages are participating but the youngsters dominate. They walk or drive to a mountain with a chapel short distances away, where a mass is held.
After the mass "hell" breaks out... Everybody sprinkles wine on each other. The carriers of some sprinkle equipment literally heaps wine on their prey, but that is considered cheating. The tradition says to use botas, the bottles made of leather.
Soon all people have turned pinkish, their hair hangs down and their shoes are soaked. But everybody looks very happy, especially they who are making bonfires and arranging with wine and tapas.

History:
A land dispute with neighbouring town Miranda De Ebro regarding the mountains between them - Montes Obarenes. The dispute dates back to the 10th century. The history of the battle of the wine goes back to 1906.

Rules:
There are no apparent rules, teams, winners or losers. The aim is simple: survival of the fittest and having so much fun!





Where, when and how to get there:
The battle of the wine is held every year on the 29th of June at 9 o´clock in the morning at the Riojan village of Haro.
Haro is located in La Rioja region, about 48km northwest of Logroño. Vitoria is the nearest airport but Haro is well connected with bus with the main Spanish cities.

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4 comments:

Josh said...

Now this is my kind of festival! Not only do you drink the wine you have a wine fight? I like how all these clothes probably started out white! Very cool!

Carol said...

I have always said I'd NEVER wear purple.............wrong! This kind of purple is GORGEOUS. Why oh Why do we not have festivals like this in the UK, its just looks like amazing fun with the best part being able to enjoy as much Rioja as you like. Perfect.

Unknown said...

I went last year (2011) and I must say, no matter how much fun you think you will have, it will be at least 1,000 times better than that! Seriously, one of the best days of my life. However, if you do go, stay up all night the night before and hang out with the locals in the main town square. Everyone passes out after the festival so the town is dead. The party actually starts about a week earlier, so if you go, go early! Also, the locals are the best part, they are so friendly and make sure that all of the non-locals are well taken care of (rides to and from the battle from town),given lots of good wine, etc.

Athalia said...

OMG. A wine fight is a perfectly festival for any wine lover. Wanna join oneday. Nice share!

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Friday, 5 November 2010

The Wine Battle of Haro


The Festival:
Haro Wine Festival is a festival in the town of Haro in the La Rioja region of northern Spain. It is held every year in the summer on the 29th of June and involves wine drinking competitions and contests and a Batalla de Vino (Battle of Wine)
Inhabitants and tourist celebrate San Pedro's day with the infamous Batalla del Vino on the Riscos de Bilibio hilltop. Tens of thousands of litres of the tasty local Riojan Wine are used as ammunition.
At 9 o´clock in the morning a procession takes place in the streets of the town. At the head is the mayor on horseback with a banner and following him are the citizens of Haro, all dressed in white with red scarfs. They are carrying jugs, bottles, carboys and what ever you can fill with wine. Al ages are participating but the youngsters dominate. They walk or drive to a mountain with a chapel short distances away, where a mass is held.
After the mass "hell" breaks out... Everybody sprinkles wine on each other. The carriers of some sprinkle equipment literally heaps wine on their prey, but that is considered cheating. The tradition says to use botas, the bottles made of leather.
Soon all people have turned pinkish, their hair hangs down and their shoes are soaked. But everybody looks very happy, especially they who are making bonfires and arranging with wine and tapas.

History:
A land dispute with neighbouring town Miranda De Ebro regarding the mountains between them - Montes Obarenes. The dispute dates back to the 10th century. The history of the battle of the wine goes back to 1906.

Rules:
There are no apparent rules, teams, winners or losers. The aim is simple: survival of the fittest and having so much fun!





Where, when and how to get there:
The battle of the wine is held every year on the 29th of June at 9 o´clock in the morning at the Riojan village of Haro.
Haro is located in La Rioja region, about 48km northwest of Logroño. Vitoria is the nearest airport but Haro is well connected with bus with the main Spanish cities.

Video:


4 comments:

Josh said...

Now this is my kind of festival! Not only do you drink the wine you have a wine fight? I like how all these clothes probably started out white! Very cool!

Carol said...

I have always said I'd NEVER wear purple.............wrong! This kind of purple is GORGEOUS. Why oh Why do we not have festivals like this in the UK, its just looks like amazing fun with the best part being able to enjoy as much Rioja as you like. Perfect.

Unknown said...

I went last year (2011) and I must say, no matter how much fun you think you will have, it will be at least 1,000 times better than that! Seriously, one of the best days of my life. However, if you do go, stay up all night the night before and hang out with the locals in the main town square. Everyone passes out after the festival so the town is dead. The party actually starts about a week earlier, so if you go, go early! Also, the locals are the best part, they are so friendly and make sure that all of the non-locals are well taken care of (rides to and from the battle from town),given lots of good wine, etc.

Athalia said...

OMG. A wine fight is a perfectly festival for any wine lover. Wanna join oneday. Nice share!

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