Is the Battle of the Wine Spain's coolest festival?
The Local · 30 Jun 2015, 16:24
Published: 30 Jun 2015 16:24 GMT+02:00
For the last three centuries, revellers have gathered in the town of Haro, La Rioja, every June 29th for "La Batalla del Vino" - literally, the Battle of Wine.
Dressed all in white with red neckerchiefs, thousands of participants gather at the Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio for a mass to celebrate the feast day of San Pedro.
They then head outside, armed with bottles and jugs of vino, for a wine fight that goes on until there isn’t a spot of white to be seen on their person, and everyone is drenched from head to toe.
Approximately 9,000 locals and tourists attended the annual event, with a reported 130,000 litres of red wine spilt.
Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP
By Rory Jones