THE MIGHTY WINE FIGHT IN HARO, SPAIN
Each year between the 28th and 30th of June, thousands of thirsty locals and a handful of lucky (wine addicted) tourists climb a mountain in La Rioja, Spain, and throw the sweet red liquid all over each other. This is St Peter’s Feast Day, though you’d be lucky to find a local who could tell you so, and the event is known around these parts as La Batalla de Vino de Haro- or better known as the Wine Fight.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE WINE FIGHT 2016
The madness of the annual wine fight starts the night before, on the evening of the 28th of June. This is by far the biggest party that the quaint town of Haro sees. As the night unfolds, the whole town gathers on the streets, from children to grandparents, who all party the night away in the town’s cobbled streets, buzzing bars and picturesque Spanish squares.
After a few hours sleep (or none at all, as the street parties literally go all night), the town heads up a mountain 5kms away to cover each other in wine, dance to music played by wine soaked bands, and to kiss each other with wine covered mouths. There are water trucks filled with wine, water pistols filled with wine, buckets filled with wine, and many other liquid containers (you guessed it) all filled with wine, which inevitably is all poured over each other. Ah, vino tinto!
THE WINE FIGHT AFTER PARTY
After a few hours of frollicing and fun, the fight descends down the mountain and moves into the town of Haro, where the only fight is done with traditional dances – the kind that can only be induced by hours of red wine pouring down one’s throat.
Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Don’t miss your chance to take part in the Wine Fight 2016, also known as the Batalla del Vino en Haro. It’s more than just a wine throwing party, the Batalla del Vino is considered as a National Interest Party here in Spain: so attending is more of an order over optional. And remember, this is an exclusive party which takes places nowhere else in the world than in Haro, La Rioja, Spain!