Rioja Wine Harvest Festival in Logroño
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.
21 September is the main feast day of San Mateo
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 and barefoot, treading the grapes in a 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.
Places to stay and hotel tips
Hotel los Bracos is situated in the center of Logroño, very close to the famous Calle Laurel and cathedral and it features air conditioned rooms that have a classic style décor and free WiFi Internet.
This hotel serves a breakfast buffet daily and its restaurant is in the sign of Riojan cuisine with oriental touches.
Because of the fact that this city is in the center of many vineyards, even if you come before or after Rioja Wine Harvest Festival, you’ll find exquisite wines that are coming from this region.
The hotel is only a 15 minutes walk to the bus and train station.