The grape harvest festival, Fiesta de la Vendimia, is celebrated in Manilva, Andalucia, southern Spain, in the first weekend of September.
By Nick Nutter | Updated 7 Feb 2023 | Málaga | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read Later
This is Manilva's liveliest event in the calendar. The Fiesta de la Vendimia Manilva is to celebrate the gathering in of the grape harvest. The grape treading is a typical event during the harvest. The first grape juice of the year is extracted and offered to friends and visitors.
The Wine Harvest in Manilva is unique on the Costa del Sol and takes place at the end of the grape harvest. Of note is the daytime fair, which was held for the first time in 1983.
The festivities begin on Friday with cultural and folk events. Starting at ten at night with the traditional Villa de Manilva Flamenco Festival.
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On Saturday, early in the morning, there is a charanga, which runs through the streets of Manilva, announcing the long-awaited party. In the afternoon there is the holy mass in honor of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores.
Sunday is the big day starting with a rociera mass, giving thanks for the grape harvest. At sunset, there is a procession of horses, all immaculately groomed, with riders in traditional dress. Then the image of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, the protector of the vineyards, is paraded through the streets, blessing the fields of grape vines. Finally, the most anticipated moment arrives, treading the grapes to produce the first grape must of the year in the Plaza de la Vendimia. The resulting juice is offered to friends, visitors and families. Naturally there is also an abundance of finished wine from the previous year. The party continues well into the night.
This festival has been designated a Festival of Provincial Tourist Interest.