It’s Raining Red Wine In Costa Cálida
09 July 2019
Bathing in red wine rain may sound like the stuff of dreams, but’s a reality in the region of Murcia at the Cabalgata del Vino in Jumilla.
Among the annual fiestas in the north of the region, perhaps the highlight of the weekend is held on August 17 with around 70,000 litres of wine showered on the crowds as everyone’s previously white clothing is turned a rich shade of pink as part of the festivities.
Water pistols, buckets, watering cans or homemade wine squirters are all out in force as part of a parade with live music, a concert and a fair amount of wine drunk as part of the event.
This celebration of the wine-making process is also a fantastic opportunity to sample some of the locally-produced wines of Murcia with many of the nearby bodegas offering samples to promote their products in a region which is becoming increasingly popular in recent times among wine experts or enthusiastic novices.
Wine tourism is now seen as an ideal holiday theme for many holidaymakers. With 19 wine bodegas available to visit throughout the year as part of the Ruta del Vino de Jumilla, there are also some memorable day tips on wine tourism routes – in Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla – with English-speaking guides to understand the process in creating the different types of wines in southern Spain.
Here are just a few of Murcia’s top wines to try on your next visit:
- Hecula (Yecla)
A full-bodied dark wine with black fruit, liquorice, dark spices and smoky oak flavours.
- Solanera Viñas Viejas (Yecla)
Succulent with aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, tanned leather, and oak.
- Juan Gil Eiquita Plata (Jumilla)
A well-rounded finish with a hint of liquorice, balsamic hints, spicy touches and likened to a wild blackberry jam.
- Lavia Plus (Bullas)
A balanced taste with medium depth, balsamic aromas and hints of charcoal, nuts and pepper.
For more information on wines in Murcia, visit www.murciaturistica.es/en/wines_region_murcia
About Región de Murcia
The Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia is an ideal leisure and sport destination for UK travelers. The area offers year-round sunshine with an average temperature of 19.4°c and 315 days of sunshine per year.
The picturesque region is just two hours from the UK by plane, in the south-east of Spain. Región de Murcia is in a privileged setting within the Mediterranean basin and includes 252km of coastline, known as the ‘Costa Cálida’ or warm coast. Visitors can take their pick from numerous sandy beaches; a variety of water sports and diving locations; 22 top-quality golf courses, all within easy reach of each other; delicious culinary delights; relaxing spas; and the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside and regional parks.
For more information, please visit www.murciaturistica.es/en or look for #VisitMurcia on social media.
Steve Wilson – Editorial Manager
Region of Murcia Tourist Board c/o The Azalea Group
Tel: =44 1730 711 920