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Joyful Wine Festival of San Mateo
Text by: Paula Repo
Photos by: Pasi Rein
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If you want to vivify your wine experience in Rioja, visit Logroño, the capital of La Rioja during the San Mateo wine festival. It is a week of festivities coinciding with the feast day of Saint Matthew, celebrated on September 21st.
Whiling away the time at wine bars or simply through strolling along the streets, you see dancing Giants and Big Heads, parades of carriages ornated with various symbols of winemaking and a number of other ceremonies typical of Spanish fiestas. Most of all, this joyful harvest festival is a gastronomic delight with rioja wines and regional cuisine.

Photo right - cabezudas: Characters with big heads are called Cabezudos.

Photo above - calle_marques_de_san_nicolas: Young people are bubbling with high spirits.

wine fountain is made from red dey, photo underneath is a gigantes.

Photo left (top) - fuente_del_vino: The Fountain of Wine is the miracle of San Mateo. Photo left (under layer photo) - gigantes: Gigantes are giants made of PVC and aluminium.

The Fountain of Wine

Inauguration of the Fountain of Wine is one of the initial spectacles of the week, taking place in Saturday evening. You can follow the parade of musicians, giants, big heads and children all the way from the townhall to Gran Vía, where the fountain starts to spurt red liquid as a miracle of San Mateo. Unlike the more famous "Wine Fountain" provided by the Bodegas de Irache to fortify pilgrims on their way to Santiago, this one is not made of wine, but of water and colorants. During the week, the color changes from red to rosa and finally to white symbolizing the wine variants of red, rosé and white.

Photo above - ranco_espanol: Bodegas Franco Españolas was established in 1890.

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