WINE HARVEST CELEBRATION
The grape harvest is one of the most important steps in the production of a good wine; it’s when the grapes are harvested to produce that year’s vintage. It is a major event in all of Spain’s wine-growing regions. The harvest can take place between July and October, depending on the grape variety and the part of the country.
These celebrations began back in the time when wine was considered a bridge between humans and the gods and celebrate all the happiness associated with the harvest.
The wine harvest it is a major celebration in Spain’s wine growing regions. Here are just four of many routes where you to come and experience these wine festivals:
Navarra Wine Route
The Navarre Wine Harvest Festival is held every September in the Region of Navarra in Northern Spain. The main celebrations take place in Olite with concerts, tastings, a wine-themed shop window competition and many local restaurants offer the chance to try grape-based tapas, main courses and desserts. What’s more, all Olite bodegas hold open days for visitors.
Penedès Wine and Cava Route
This route is in the Region of Catalonia and offers the chance to enjoy the harvest to the full with its local wine and cava (sparkling wine). Its wineries and hotels offer a host of activities during September and October. Among other things, you will be able to discover the full wine production process and the techniques used to achieve an excellent quality wine.
Jerez de la Frontera Sherry Wine Route
We highly recommend a visit to Jerez where you can visit several wineries to taste and learn all about sherry. This is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia. If you are interested in this wine and this beautiful city, you may want to visit during the Feria del Caballo, 10 -17 May 2015. The Horse Fair, declared a Celebration of International Interest by the Spanish Ministry of Tourism is, along with Easter week, the most important celebration for the city of Jerez.
La Rioja Wine Route
“In La Rioja, wine is more than a beverage; it’s a shared culture.”
This region is one of the best known of Spain’s wine-growing regions. Everything in La Rioja is focused on the special drink with plenty to offer: from sports surrounded by vineyards and wine-based spa treatments to the unique experience having a wine and food pairing lunch at a bodega. Take a look at the official tourism page: here!