Getting Soaked At San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017
Includes stay in pre-erected twin share tents with mattress and sleeping bag, daily hearty breakfast, delicious BBQ dinner (vegetarian option available), red win for throwing, awesome campsite parties and even more awesome Stoke Travel Staff!
A battle so fierce that the vineyard and surrounding hillsides turn purple, so violent that the weary and wounded stumble away from the fighting covered from head to toe in what is, in fact, glorious and gorgeous red wine… This is San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017, also known as La Batalla del Vino de Haro which takes place on 29th June.
The day starts at 7am with a procession of people old and young, locals and tourists, dressed in white shirts and red scarves, all carrying jugs, bottles, water pistols and other types of containers filled to the brim with sweet rogue wine. Led by the town’s mayor, the procession winds through the town to the cliffs of Bilibio, where a mass is celebrated. After the mass a true free-for-all wine fight begins, and we take advantage of a bottomless supply of red wine and throw it on and at each other, friends and strangers alike. What follows is a sea of wet, purple bodies everywhere. San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 is a sight not to be missed.
And then, when it’s all done, we wipe the wine off us and we head back down the mountain, pickled, as it were, in delicious red san vino. At noon everyone rushes into town to celebrate at the Plaza de la Paz, the celebrations involve drinking, partying and running around a bull ring chasing frolicking heifers. That’s La Batalla del Vino or San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 in a nutshell.
Camping With Stoke Travel at San Vino Wine Fight
Nobody does camping quite like Stoke Travel. We take the hassle out of trips like San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 so you don’t have to worry about a thing. At the Stoke Travel campsite your tent will be pre-erected for your arrival, and your mattress and sleeping bag will be rolled out ready for you. There is a swimming pool at the campsite, so don’t forget your bathers! As always, we will be holding the biggest party outside of the party with hundreds of like-minded international travellers, and unlimited beer and sangria is available for only €10 per day. Meet us there, or ride with us from Barcelona or San Sebastián. San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 is going to be one helluva Spanish party!
A delicious BBQ dinner (vegetarian option available)
Red wine for throwing at San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017
Awesome campsite parties
Even more awesome Stoke Travel staff antics
Unlimited beer and sangria for €10 per day
28th June 12:00 – Bus leaves Barcelona from Plaza Catalunya in front of Hard Rock Cafe for San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 13:00 – 24h trip bus leaves from Haro to San Sebastian 16:00 – Bus leaves from San Sebastian outside of Kursaal Opera House near Zurriola surf beach and picks up group at the surf camp on the way 18:00 – Arrive in Haro, the Spanish wine capital 20:00 – Barbecue dinner included and a big street party that night
29th June 06:00 – Hot breakfast 07:00 – Walk up the hill and partake in enormous wine fight 12:00 – The bus for the 24h trip from San Sebastian will return back to the San Sebastian Campsite 13:00 – Chill out for the arvo, get showered and de-purple yourself 20:00 – Massive campsite party
30th June 09:00 – Hot breakfast 12:00 – Buses leave to go back to Barcelona and San Sebastian
Haro, La Rioja
La Rioja is the número uno wine making district of Spain, it has over 500 wineries and is only a short distance from Bilbao. If you’ve been lucky enough to find a bottle of La Rioja in your hands you’ll know what we’re talking about! La Batalla del Vino 2017 takes place on a hillside vineyard just outside the village of Haro, a walk up the hill from our campsite.
If you choose to combine San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 with a stay at our infamous Surf Camp in San Sebastian, then its just a 2.5 hour coach trip fuelled mostly by wine drinking and singing. If you’re combining the trip with a Barcelona stay, then the journey is a little longer but that just means more wine drinking and singing.
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Ride with us
The bus leaves San Sebastian for San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 on the 28th at 16:00 and arrives at camp at 18:00. Departs on the 30th at 12:00 from the campsite in Haro and arrives in San Sebastian around 14:00. San Sebastian pick up point: Outside of Kursaal Opera House near Zurriola surf beach and picks up the surf Camp Group on the way. Barcelona…
The bus leaves Barcelona for San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2017 on the 28th at 12:00 and arrives at camp at 17:00. Departs on the 30th at 12:00 from the campsite in Haro and arrives in Barcelona around 17:00. Barcelona pick up point: In front of Hard Rock Cafe in Plaza Catalunya.
Meet us there
Aeroplanes… You want to fly to either Bilbao, or Biarritz
Check Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling for cheap deals. There’s always plenty of cheap deals. From Bilbao airport there are regular buses to San Sebastian. To get to San Sebastian from Biarritz International Airport take a French SNCF train to Hendaye, change to the nearby Euskotren station (located just outside the SNCF station) and take a Euskotren to San Sebastian. Each train ride is between 30-40 minutes, with the total train trip cost less than €10. A coach service also exists between Biarritz airport and the Hendaye train station, via Saint-Jean-De-Luz (change buses there). The coach ride is less than one hour and costs about €4.
For quick, cheap and easy trains check out Euroventure.
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Enter all of your questions and queries in the Ask a Question Tab and we’ll come up with smart ass answers here…
Will I drown?
If you accidentally trip and fall in a deep puddle of wine the only other option apart from drowning is to drink your way to survival.
What should I bring?
Sunglasses and sunscreen as it gets pretty hot, a pillow and torch for your tent, goggles, condoms, a waterproof camera, swimmers to have a dip in the pool afterwards, old shoes that can be thrown out after the madness, and shampoo if you don’t want your hair stained red for the next month. Oh and don’t forget a towel.
Are there hot showers to wash off my wine-stained body parts?
Sí, there are showers at the campsite and we highly encourage a rinse off at the end of the day, before you climb in your tent and turn everything you touch purple. You’ll also smell like vinegar at this point which greatly decreases your chance of having someone join you in said purple tent.
Can I store my valuables somewhere safe and sound?
Don’t want to leave a shiny new iPad lying around the tent? How about a valid passport crucial for your return home when you’re fragile and still hungover, ready to hug mum and dig into a home cooked meal? That’s why we have a secure locked box for small valuables! Thank us later.
What do I wear? Do I need goggles?
We sell white clothing so your fave tee doesn’t turn permanently purple and goggles are also available for those who want to be able to see for the rest of their lives, but sunnies can do the job.
How do we get to and from the fight? Stoke drives a shuttle with guides to and from the wine fight, if missed there are free shuttles as part of the festival that depart from nearby the campsite. It’s a short, 5 minute walk to town and the street parties.