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.


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 eachother 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 eachother. Ah, vino tinto!


Date: 28. June 2017 – 30. June 2017