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Wine o'clock in Manilva

The traditional wine-stomping on Sunday night during the festival.
The traditional wine-stomping on Sunday night during the festival. / ASH BOLTON
  • The Vendimia festival includes tasting from local vineyards

Thousands of wine fans descended on Manilva for the town's 40th annual Manilva Grape Harvest Festival last weekend.

The town was full to bursting as a feria-like atmosphere saw live music, food stalls and impromptu bars line the town's main street.

Known locally as the "Vendimia" the festival was founded in the 1960s and is one of the most important events of the year in Manilva.

Sunday was the biggest day of the festival, with wine tasting from Manilva's vineyards.

At 7pm the first treading of the grapes started in Plaza de la Vendimia, with the first wine of the year being poured out to hundreds of locals.

The three-day festival traditionally signals the end of the grape harvest.