Grape Expectations for three days in Manilva

The traditional treading of the grapes.
The traditional treading of the grapes. / SUR
  • Hundreds of wine enthusiasts from across the region will descend on the festival this weekend

Wine fans are getting ready to stomp on some grapes for the 40th Manilva Grape Harvest Festival this weekend.

The festival was founded in the 1960s and is one of the most important events of the year in Manilva. Hundreds of wine enthusiasts from across the region will descend on the festival, which also features flamenco, wine tasting, live music and the famous treading of the grapes.

The festival traditionally signals the end of the grape harvest (or ‘vendimia’ in Spanish) and starts at 10pm today (Friday) with a flamenco festival at the Pablo Picasso primary school. The venue will also see performances from Mayte Martín, accompanied by Alejandro Hurtado on guitar, Alfredo Tejada, Guillermo Cano and Laura Vital, along with Patrocinio Hijo, Juani Marín and Eduardo Rebollar.

During the day a competition for the biggest bunch of grapes takes place, as well as live music.

From 10pm the bands Deley and Latidos will put on a concert in Calle Mar. Sunday marks the biggest day of the festival, with wine tasting from Manilva’s vineyards. From 2pm there is more live music and from 5pm there will be a parade of horses and riders on Calle Mar.

The traditional treading of the grapes starts at 7pm in Plaza de la Vendimia to extract the first wine of the year, which is then offered to visitors for tasting.

At 9.30pm the band Ruta 80 will be in concert and the celebrations will continue until the early hours of Monday morning.

Tickets cost 20 euros and are available from the Sabinillas multipurpose building, the Tourist Office in Duquesa port, Musisol in Estepona, Estanco Reyes in Casares and Salvi Supercién in Sabinillas. Tickets can also be bought from the box office from 9pm.

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