21 September is the feast day of San Mateo, Logroño organizes a ceremony where the new harvest is offered to Our Lady of Valvanera – La Rioja patron.
It’s the main date of the Rioja wine festival, and during one week, you can try delicious gastronomic delicacies, watch fireworks, sports and listen to concerts.
Rioja wine festival main area is Paseo del Espolón, but you find events all around the city, so have a look at the program so you know what’s happening where.
At San Mateo day, 21 September in the park Paseo del Espolon, you can see the ceremony where grapes from different vineyards is carried by hundreds of children and poured into a large wine barrel.
Be out early to get a good spot to see this.
The area is packed with people and it starts around 12 o’clock, so try to be there at least one hour before.
After that two men dressed in regional costume, barefoot treading the grapes in the large wooden tub.
With circular dance movements until they can fill a jug with the first juice that will be offered to the statue of the Virgin of Valvanera.
This is a solemn ceremony you can expect to see when you visit Rioja Wine Harvest Festival.
During the week, in social clubs known by the name peñas.
You’ll be able to try gastronomic products and see some things that are usual for this region and Logroño.
Such as the San Mateo pelota tournament, live music in the streets, firework displays and much more.