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    COMPETA EVENT - LA NOCHE DEL VINO- 15 AUGUST
 

 

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On the fifteenth of August, in the middle of the month when half of Spain already seems to be on their annual holidays, there is a national bank holiday. It’s to celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

In Cómpeta, on Assumption day, the 15th of August, they busy themselves with more worldly concerns, by celebrating their ‘wine night’ or ‘noche de vino’. In fact things get under way much earlier in the day: there’s a Mass in honour of the Virgin, the village’s patron, there’s a demonstration of grape-pressing (the grape being the muscat or ‘moscatel’ variety that grows so well here), plus there’s free wine-tasting, free food...

It’s perhaps not surprising that this fiesta has become a major tourist attraction. Plenty of atmosphere is provided by folk singers and dance groups, and things go on well into the evening. It all has its roots, apparently, in former celebrations of the vendimia or grape harvest, which would start on the 15th and would involve the pickers being away from home for a couple of months.