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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Rioja Wine Festival 

The Rioja Wine Harvest is celebrated annually in Logroño, Spain, 16 to 26 September, with the Fiesta de la Vendimia Riojana. It is a week of festivities coinciding with the Feast of San Mateo (St. Matthew) on 21 September and is a gastronomic delight, uniting culture, tradition, music, theatre and sport.

On San Mateo's Day, there is a traditional, barefoot, grape treading ceremony in the main square, when the first must of the new harvest is offered to a statue of the patron saint of La Rioja, Our Lady of Valvanera.

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