San Mateo wine harvest festival in Logroño
The Fiestas of San Mateo in Logroño take place in September during a week (September 21st has to be included in the week of celebrations). The origin of this Fiesta is connected with the grant of the title of Villa to Logroño. Logroño became increasingly visited around these dates, and this week an essential week for trade in the city. Since the fiestas coincide with the harvest and Logroño is the capital in Rioja, San Mateo increasingly became a Fiesta to thank for the harvest every year. Since 1956 it has be known as the grape harvest festival (Fiesta de la vendimia).
San Mateo is one of the best known-fiestas in Northern Spain, and since wine is involved, it receives a large number of visitors every year. Grape stomping activities, lots of food, wine. During this week, a gastronomy festival also takes place.
Locals are organized in “chamizos”, a sort of club to enjoy the festival. Chamizos prepare a local drink known as Zurracapote (a kind of sangria with cinnamon), and they offer this drink for free in the streets. If this sounds like fun, we recommend you to include Logroño in your September itinerary in Spain. You may also want to learn about the wine battle in Haro which takes place every year in July also in Rioja.