San Mateo Festival – Rioja Wine Harvest Festivity
Logroño is located in North Spain in La Rioja region. The city celebrates, every year at the beginning of fall, the vintage of Rioja grapes’ fiesta. These are the grapes that are used to manufacture the local Rioja wine. The celebrations are known as San Mateo (Saint Matthew) Fiestas. On the festival’s day, the city streets are filled with celebrators.
During the festival, accommodation may be scarce owing to higher demands, therefore it is advisable to check accommodation prices and make reservations ahead of time.
A special emphasis of the celebrations is squeezing the must out of the grapes in the traditional way by pressing the grapes with the people feet. Among other activities of the festival is the serve of the must as an offering to the saint Virgen de Valvanera.
A colorful parade with various shows, music performances, local sport events as well as traditional bullfight is integral part of the celebrations.