The village of Competa in the mountains of Malaga is best known to many for it's locally produced wine, available both dry and sweet, as well as being plentiful and cheap. One of the most popular annual fiesta's in Competa is the Noche del Vino (night of the wine). On the 15th of August (each year) it features a program of flamenco and sevillana music and dance plus plenty of free flowing wine!
The event pays homage to the town's patron saint Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, and is traditionally a day to make merry before the harvest begins. But since 1974 and thanks to a local man, Aurelio Fernandes Navas, who started the practice of dispensing free samples of the Axarquia's most important yearly events. In the fiesta, which is declared to be of National Tourist Interest in Andalucia, traditional activities such as the foot treading of the locally collected grapes is carried out in the wine press in the Plaza de la Vendimia. It is an ideal day out and to discover how wine is made and to enjoy the local food.
Over 300 litres of oil will be on hand to prepare migas, the traditional dish made of fried breadcrumbs with which to soak up the alcohol. Competa sees more than 1,500 litres of wine shared out to the 3,500 or so visitors who enjoy the day each year and relive one of the most deeply rooted traditions of Competa.
Throughout the day there is a traditional medieval market with stalls running from the Plaza Almijara to Plaza de la Vendimia.
Come join us in this traditional celebration.
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Article adapted & copied from the Grapevine Magazine