A battle so fierce that the vineyard and surrounding hillsides turn red, so violent that the weary and wounded stumble away from the fighting, covered from head to toe in what seems to be blood, but what is in fact gorgeous red wine… this is the wine fight, La Batalla de Vino de Haro, our favourite festival.
For a few hours on June 29, 2019 we take advantage of a bottomless supply of red wine and throw it on each other, on friends and strangers alike. But that’s not all! The night before the village of Haro goes crazy with street parties and bar hopping, dancing and chatting and eating delicious food until the sun comes up – just in time for the wine fight! Join the San Vino evening welcome BBQ on June 27. Awake early for the wine fight, wash off, chill at our pool party before heading back into town for the bullfight.
La Batalla Del Vino or San Vino as we commonly refer to it, is still relatively unknown to tourists, which is exactly why we love it!
The night before the wine fight, the village gathers in celebration with street fiestas, delicious food, dancing, bar hopping and chatting until before the sun comes up which is just in time for the wine fight! This local Spanish festival gathers the entire community of Haro where for one morning, the old, the young, the locals, the travellers all climb the hills to throw red wine upon friends and strangers a like!
The day starts at 7am with a procession of people old and young, locals and tourists, dressed in white shirts and red scarves, all carrying jugs, bottles, water pistols and other types of containers filled to the brim with sweet rogue wine. Led by the town’s mayor, the procession winds through the town to the cliffs of Bilibo, where a mass is celebrated. After the mass a true free-for-all wine fight begins, and we take advantage of a bottomless supply of red wine and throw it on and at each other, friends and strangers alike. What follows is a sea of wet, purple bodies everywhere. San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2019 is a sight not to be missed.
And then, when it’s all done, we wipe the wine off us and we head back down the mountain, pickled, as it were, in delicious red vino. At noon everyone rushes into town to celebrate at the Plaza de la Paz, the celebrations involve drinking, partying and running around a bull ring chasing frolicking heifers. That’s La Batalla del Vino or San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2019 in a nutshell.
Check in and get ready for the Welcome BBQ. Big street party in town.
Our Warm Up Campsite Party, featuring live bands, DJs and our unlimited beer and sangria (€10 per person per day).
Early Morning – Hot breakfast.
Around 7am – Walk up the hill and partake in enormous wine fight
Afternoon – Chill out, get showered and de-purple yourself.
Evening – dinner and Massive campsite party
Morning – Hot breakfast and goodbyes 🙁 Until Running of the Bulls and San Sebastian Surf Camp.
WHERE Camping Haro, Avenida de Miranda 1, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
WHEN June 27 – 30
HOW Meet us there or ride with us in private shuttles from Barcelona and San Sebastian
SLEEP Camping accommodation (pre-erected twin share tent w/sleeping bag and mattress)
EAT Daily hot breakfasts and dinners
INCLUSIONS There are various packages available.
ADD ON Unlimited beer and sangria (€10/day)
HOLDERS Eligible for 3 nights all-inclusive nights in Haro, Spain