September 1st — International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

International Cabernet Sauvignon Day is celebrated on September 1st this year. This grape is known as the queen of reds for being the most widely distributed variety worldwide and for captivating consumers with its extremely elegant, complex and well-structured wines.   Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely planted grapes and plays a leading … Read more

Why choose sustainable wines?

Sustainable viticulture produces goods and services that meet the socioeconomic and cultural needs of our global population.   Agriculture is a practice that extracts matter from the environment, such as nutrients from the soil, its fruits, and different forms of energy. At the same time, it is an activity that adds matter in the form … Read more

What are tannins?

Tannins are complex biomolecules found in plants, useful in a wide variety of industries. In the wine industry, the presence of tannins in grape skins, pips and stems allows the production of infinite varieties of wines. In them, the tannins in combination with all their components give rise to products with unique organoleptic characteristics, reflecting … Read more

Malbec a Multicultural Grape Variety

Malbec

The Malbec history depicts the cultural journey of a grape variety as it travels through different continents. This journey involves the interactions between America and Europe, helping the grape to be enriched by different climates and soils. The Malbec grape is emblematic of the Argentine wine history and most South American countries. That is why … Read more

Key Elements of Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable-Agriculture

Today’s farmers are working the land of the new world, a place where food is increasingly demanded and there are fewer resources to produce it. Bringing about change is a collective responsibility and each of us plays an essential role. The concept of sustainable agriculture can be defined as a system of environmentally friendly farming … Read more

Sustainable Winemaking

 Sustainable Agriculture  Water Use  Clean Energy  Waste Management  Local Purchasing  Packaging Reduction  Architectural Integration  Social Leadership These are some of the topics we have to address when we talk about sustainability in the wine production context. Making a sustainable wine means that the grapes must be grown in a way that contributes to the ecosystem, … Read more

Happy International Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Sauvignon Blanc Day

The origin of this strain dates back to France, where the grape reputedly grew like weeds across Bordeaux, earning its name “sauvage” or wild. In this region of France, the climate is milder which means temperature changes are considerably more subtle. Sauvignon blanc is a greenish-skinned grape and, together with Chardonnay, is famous for being … Read more

The International Organic Community

The international organic community has been united under the name – International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) – since 1972. IFOAM bases its activities around four fundamental principles that seek to guide both the development of production systems and regulatory frameworks within the producing countries that are held to the highest ethical standards. These … Read more

Wine Regions: Prodigious Lands

Wine-Regions

The diversity of microclimates and other factors such as soil, latitude and altitude, are responsible for having the best vineyards and generating a qualitative production in an area. However, only a few nations in the world can be proud of gathering the necessary conditions. Sweetness, body, acidity and alcohol are some of the characteristics that … Read more

Mindful Cooking

Mindful Cooking

Cooking doesn’t have to be a rushed experience, or something we do on auto-pilot, distracted by thoughts, feelings, and inner-dialogue. In fact, of all the tasks we do in our daily lives, cooking offers a wonderful opportunity for us to train the mind to be present.   When you approach preparing a meal as a … Read more

Battle of the Wine.- Haro, Spain

Battle of the Wine

If we talk about crazy wine-related travel experiences, we need to talk about “La Batalla del Vino” in Haro. The Haro Wine Festival is held each year from the 28th to the 30th of June with the major focus being the Haro wine battle itself. Most combatants adorn the traditional red and white garb, then … Read more

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Battle of the Wine

If we talk about crazy wine-related travel experiences, we need to talk about “La Batalla del Vino” in Haro.

The Haro Wine Festival is held each year from the 28th to the 30th of June with the major focus being the Haro wine battle itself.

Most combatants adorn the traditional red and white garb, then at 7am on the 29th -Saint Peter’s Day-, follow the mayor of Haro (who is on horseback) on a 7km procession out of town, up into the cliffs of Bilibio, to the Hermitage of San Felices.

A flag is then ceremoniously located, and a short mass is endured before red, wet carnage ensues, and everyone covers each other with wine splashed from all manner of containers like buckets, cups, bottles, jugs and even water pistols.

In Spanish this unbelievable, exuberant, crazy and mad wine festival is called the Batalla del Vino en Haro.

 

Source: www.harowinefight.com

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