The wine region of La Rioja in Northern Spain is host to an array of folkloric and fun wine events in the upcoming month of June such as the Medieval Fair of Briones and the (in)famous Batalla de Vino (Wine Battle) in Haro.
June 14-15- Medieval Fair, Briones
The beautiful small wine hamlet of Briones located in La Rioja is home to a very picturesque medieval festival every year in June on the 3rd weekend. This year it will be held on 14-15 June. With less than 1000 inhabitants, this historic “aldea” is a treat for wine lovers to visit with as you have an incredible wine museum (Dinastia Vivanco), boutique wineries like Miguel Merino and darling restaurants like Los Calaos de Briones. Las Jornadas Medievales (Medieval Days) celebrate and remember the ancient customs and traditions of Briones. The streets are decked out in colorful flags, tapestries and coats of arms. The town is transformed into what it would have been like in medieval times including the local carpenters, aristocrats residences, tanners, weavers, shoemakers, tailors, even an Inquisition jail. This is a great time to come visit La Rioja, take in some wine tasting, dining and sightseeing in this delightful corner of Northern Spain..
June 29- La Batalla de Vino, Haro
The Wine Battle, an annual wine event that takes place in Haro, in La Rioja is held on the 29th of June. Its origin is based on a historic land dispute and over time has evolved into a folkloric wine party. The event begins with a procession led by the mayor on horseback who leads attendees to a mass. The dress code is white shirt (all the better to get soaked with red wine after) and red scarves, and various containers with wine. After the mass the battle begins and people spray each other with wine, from their wineskins (botas), jugs and containers. Within a short time, the streets of Haro fill with red wine stained revelers. Following the wine battle, the crowd hit the bullring and do a small scale running of the bulls. A big Spanish lunch wraps up the day with local specialties like baby lamb chops roasted over grape vines, red Piquillo peppers and of course rich red wines from La Rioja.