Spain is a country of great traditions and exceptional tourist wealth, with countless attractions that make visiting any area an unforgettable experience. The list of gastronomic delights is innumerable and one of its most valued foods is wine.
In wine production lies much of the wealth of the sector, which enjoys a remarkable international popularity. Today in this post, we would like to highlight the numerous festivities related to wine we can enjoy in Spain. The list is extensive, but we wanted to select those that you cannot miss.
- Wine Battle of Haro (La Rioja)
This festival, declared of National Tourist Interest since 2011, is one of the most unique in Spain, is held on June 29 in the morning. Its dynamics is very simple: stain with wine everyone you meet on your way. The only rule is to wear white with the red scarf typical of this Riojan festival. If you are a big wine lover, this is an experience you have to live.
- Festivities of San Mateo and the Grape Harvest (Logroño- La Rioja)
Wine is the best ambassador of La Rioja and as such, it becomes the main event of the festival of San Mateo, also known as the Rioja Grape Harvest Festival since 1956. It is on September 21st when, in the Concha del Espolón, takes place one of the most important events of the festivities, the Treading of the Grape, where the first grape juice made in the old style, treading it in a jar, is offered to the Patron Saint, the Virgin of Valvanera. In addition, and to complete the visit of La Rioja, you cannot miss a tour of the winery Finca Valpiedra, very close to Logroño and that will not leave you indifferent.
- Rueda Grape Harvest Festival (Castile and Leon)
The second weekend of October, this festival is celebrated in this town of Valladolid, which already has more than thirty editions throughout its history. The popularity of this municipality and its renowned Denomination of Origin Rueda make it an obligatory stop for any wine lover. The festival coincides with the end of the grape harvest and consists of a popular gathering of wine exaltation in which attendees come to taste the wines of this famous area. If you are going to enjoy these festivities, we recommend that you visit the Finca Montepedroso winery, in the same town.
- Wine Fair of the Priorat region (Catalonia)
This fair is held in Falset the first weekend of May and is dedicated to the wines of the two appellations of origin of the region, the DOC Priorat and the DO Montsant. During the weekend there are numerous parallel events: conferences, introductory wine tasting courses, open days at different wineries, wine pairings…
- Ribeiro Wine Fair (Galicia)
Sports, musical entertainment and open-air dances complete an extensive program whose main objective is to exalt the wines of the D.O. Ribeiro. They are held during the first weekend of May where they present the wines of the season, offer competitions, tastings, cultural events, demonstrations and exhibitions on the different wines of the region and a craft market.
- Albariño Festival in Cambados (Galicia)
We are talking about the oldest and most popular wine festival in Galicia, which was declared of International Tourist Interest in 2018. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of August in the world capital of Albariño, Cambados and, that is why that day has been named International Albariño Day. During that week, in the street of A Calzada there are stands where the wineries of Rías Baixas offer their Albariño wines.
- Valdepeñas Grape Harvest and Wine Festival (Castilla La Mancha)
To speak of Valdepeñas is to speak of one of the best-known wine appellations of origin in our country, so it is clear the relevance of its festivity, which is celebrated between 1st and 8th September. Not for nothing, it has been declared of National Tourist Interest since 1976. It highlights the well-known Wine Tunnel, an initiative that has been held for twenty years (organized by the Association of Young Friends of Wine) in which the wineries present their new wines and offer the opportunity to taste them.
- Grape Harvest Festival in Toro (Castile and Leon)
Symbol of the recovery of traditional festivities, the Grape Harvest Festival in Toro makes the city, and its inhabitants go back in time for a few days. This town dresses up to celebrate in early September these days are plenty of festivities where their old carriages decorated with garlands and loaded with hampers full of grapes become the main protagonists parading through the streets of Toro.
The parade of the carts is accompanied, in addition to the grapes, with the typical grape harvest foods: chorizo, ham, cheese, peppers, bread, “torreznos” that everyone who passes by is invited to taste.
- Jerez de la Frontera´s Grape Harvest Festival (Andalusia)
Jerez, the home of the most popular and oldest festivities in the wine industry. Its tradition dates back several centuries and, like many of the festivals related to wine, usually takes place in the first two weeks of September. It is also considered of National Tourist Interest. As a grape harvest symbol, it could not miss the treading of the grapes, which marks the beginning of the festivities and gives way to numerous activities. In addition, there are cycles of wine tastings, both for experts and amateurs, where you will have the opportunity to taste and learn all about the Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Designation of Origin.
- Harvest Festival in Alella (Catalonia)
In the heart of the DO Alella, hides this town with houses, wineries history and a wine full of flavor, personality and quality as one of its maxims.
Throughout these festivities, during the second week of September, all kinds of typical activities are held, such as the first must or the treading of the grapes. The grape cutting that stars the youngest of Alella to the testimonial vineyard of Can Magarola, or the dawn of the harvest, a unique experience for the early risers, who can watch the sunrise while harvesting, and then enjoy a good and well-deserved lunch.
- Peñafiel Grape Harvest Festival (Castile and Leon)
It has been gathering wine lovers for almost 30 years at the beginning of October and each time it incorporates more attractions for visitors, such as Riberjoven, a snack contest designed to pair the wines of Ribera del Duero with the new cuisine.
- The Grape Harvest Festival in Sitges (Catalonia)
Celebrated since 1961, around the third week of October, Sitges hosts this traditional Grape Harvest Festival, organized by the Sitges Town Council and Foment with the sponsorship of Cellers Familia Torres. This celebration consists of the Grape Harvest Offering that takes place in the parish of San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla. It also includes the pressing of the first must (as the grapes were pressed in the past to make wine), a grape treading contest and a wine exhibition.
We hope that these ideas will help you to prepare your wine route and that you will have the opportunity to attend some of these celebrations. Perhaps, we have not included all those worth mentioning. Therefore, we would like to ask you: what other festivities related to wine and grape harvest do you know?