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Is the Battle of the Wine Spain's coolest festival?

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Is the Battle of the Wine Spain's coolest festival?
A town in Rioja celebrates its wine. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP
16:24 CEST+02:00
Every June 29th, Spaniards in the wine making region of La Rioja spend the day dousing each other in wine during 'la batalla del vino': the battle of wine.

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.

In Pictures: La Batalla del Vino, La Rioja

Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

By Rory Jones

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