Celebrating the grape harvest

The grape harvest has always been associated with celebration. Since ancient times, the harvesting of grapes has had a ritualistic quality because of its deep roots in Mediterranean culture and its popularity among grape pickers. Although the process today is largely mechanised, the moment of separating the grape from the vine continues to be a cause for celebration, and many towns and cities organise harvest festivals in which anyone can participate. Get your diary out!

With wine as the main protagonist, the festival calendar spans all five denomination of origin regions in the province of Barcelona. On the first weekend of September, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia celebrates its Phylloxera Festival, which commemorates how local people, at the end of the 19th century, overcame the terrible phylloxera plague, which devastated the region's vineyards. If you go with children, they will be delighted with the figure of a giant fly that represents the evil insect, spewing fire from all sides. It is the true star of the celebration!

Sitges also celebrates its Harvest Festival in early September, with grape treading competitions, its famous wine fountain and a food and wine fair on the Passeig de la Ribera. A good opportunity to enjoy the sea breeze and the favourite drink of the god Bacchus.

In Alella, the Harvest Festival is held in mid-September and includes a food and wine fair, in which wineries present their latest wines and restaurants their best dishes.

The Harvest Festival of Artés takes place on the first weekend of October. The municipality fills with people determined to enjoy street performances, the sampling of handmade foods and the awarding of prizes for conserving the area's old vineyard buildings and wine vat-shaped constructions – an important part of the region's extraordinary architectural heritage.

In Font-rubí, in late October, the Grape Juice Festival is celebrated with several days of events that showcase ancient harvest traditions. The peasant farmers' breakfast is particularly popular, as is the grape treading competition, in which barefoot participants have to crush grapes inside large wooden vats.


  • Would you like to stay overnight on a wine estate during a harvest festival? See what accommodation is available on the Barcelona is much more website.

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