JUMILLA is currently celebrating its annual wine festival, which runs until Sunday August 23.

One of the highlights of the festivities is the ‘Gran Cabalgata del Vino’ on Saturday August 22 when hundreds of barrels of locally produced red wine will be thrown and poured over everyone and everything, so be prepared to get drenched!

The parade will start around 7pm from Avenida de Reyes Catolicos, going along Avenida de Murcia, Jardin de la Glorieta and on towards Avenida de Levante before finishing back at Avenida de Murcia. It is traditional to wear white clothes, maybe not the best for the red wine, but showers are provided afterwards located in the Mercado de Abastos.

If you want to avoid a soaking and prefer drinking wine to being covered in it, try going along to the fiestas on Thursday night (August 20) when the traditional Cabalgata Parade begins at 8.30pm during which decorated floats parade along the streets with the participants handing out samples of wine, sangria and local snacks while dancing to the accompanying bands. The route starts from the Plaza del Rollo finishing at the Mercado de Abastos.

The fiestas finish at 8pm on Sunday August 23 with mass followed by the parade to return the statue of Ntr. Sra. de la Asuncion.