Forget food fights – there’s an annual ‘wine fight’ and it’s total chaos
Throwing wine over someone is usually something reserved for TV dramas, but in one Spanish town, it's an annual tradition.
That's because in the town of Haro, La Rioja, in northern Spain, there's an entire morning dedicated to a 'battle of wine'.
Locals and visitors alike kick off with a procession at 7am, led by the town mayor, carrying heaps of containers filled with red wine.
The procession is followed by a short mass on the cliffs of Bilibio, before the mayhem begins.
Once mass is over, it's time for the iconic Batalla de Vino – the battle of wine.
Here,the aim for revellers is to soak each other in as much red wine as possible, even resorting to water pistols and buckets for the fun and games.
With local vineyards providing barrels and barrels of wine, there's no shortage of ammunition.
Oh, and there's no getting away with keeping your clothes clean as everyone wears all-white outfits, so if you're not soaked you will stand out!
The Batalla de Vino dates back to the sixth century, when the patron saint of the city St. Felix died, and pilgrims began being anointed with wine in his honour.
As well as the battle, there are plenty of fun events including a huge barbecue, live music and plenty of celebrations in the town's restaurants and tapas bars.
The festival takes place in June 2020, and the good news is that if you're considering checking it all out for yourself, you won't need to break the bank.
That's because Wowcher currently has Haro festival packages from £289pp which includes a two or three-night Haro, Spain wine festival experience with camping accommodation, daily breakfast, barbeque on one evening, party, participation in the wine fight and return flights.
You can book the Wowcher deal here but you'll need to do so by midnight on Friday 11th October 2019 when the offer expires.
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