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La Batalla Del Vino – Spanish Wine Slinging Madness

Every year on June 29, a small town called Haro in the northern Spanish region of La Rioja, sees the colour red running through its streets. You’ll be relieved to know that it’s not the result of some barbaric act, but a part of the 300 year old celebration called La Batalla Del Vino (The Battle Of The Wine) in which thousands of people, young and old, flood onto the streets and begin to drench each other with wine.

Combatants are given a gallon (4.5 litres) of wine each and then proceed to find victims who they’ll douse in claret to their hearts content, using water pistols, buckets, old boots and just about any other type of container they can find.