Dia De La Vendimia – Alboloduy

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Treading grapes at the fiesta

Yesterday we visited the village of Alboloduy, further up our valley, for its annual Dia de la Vendimia to celebrate the grape harvest.

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A mechanicalmzle leading the procession

It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and temperatures up to 34C.

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Carnaval queen and attendants

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Women in traditional costumes

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Alhabia town band

At about 12.30, a procession entered the square by the church led by a mechanical mule, followed by the carnival queen and attendants.

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Women with baskets of grapes

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Men with baskets of grapes

Then came women and men in traditional costume carrying baskets of grapes, and the town band playing cheerful music.

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Grapes into the treading barrel

After the mayoress, in a red dress, addressed the crowd, crates of grapes were emptied into the wooden treading barrel.

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Blessing the harvest

The priest said a prayer or two and blessed the crop.

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Boys treading the grapes

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Men treading grapes

Then, the boys, followed by the men, began the treading of the grapes.

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Draining the mosto

Afterwards, the fresh grape juice, called mosto, was drained from the treading barrel.

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People in the square

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Wine from the vineyards of Alboloduy

There was a good crowd in the village for the event and locals and visitors were able to enjoy the celebrations and purchase local wine.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Dia De La Vendimia – Alboloduy

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Looks fun!

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