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Wine Rack—Haro, Spain

The wine barrels of the famous wine of La Rioja, one of Spain’s major wine-producing regions,
are stacked at Haro’s City Hall waiting for the annual Battle of Wine.

The Battle of Wine, La Battalla del Vino in Spanish, begins on the morning of St. Peter’s Feast day, June 29th. A procession, headed by the mayor who is on horseback, leads the citizens of Haro to a mountain chapel a short distance away where morning mass is held.

Everyone dresses in white with red scarfs, and carries jugs, bottles, wine bags, or any number of other wine filled containers. At the end of mass, everybody starts to squirt wine on each other until everyone is soaked.

Then, they all return to the town plaza to dance traditional dances.

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