Huércal-Overa today celebrated the third edition of “Dia del Vino”, by gathering families in the hamlet of Urcal for a wine treading contest.
Domingo Fernández, the mayor of Huercal-Overa in Almeria, joined residents of the hamlet of Urcal , accompanied by the Councillor for Agriculture, Emilio Perez, and the head of Services, Blas Sanchez.
For the first time, the event was taken to the outlying districts. Future years look set to see it expanded even further as part of the September harvest celebrations.
The contest was split into two categories: Children and adults – with both categories being well represented. Participants trod the grapes in pairs.
The winning adults were Joaquín Egea and Amador Perez who managed to tread 21 litres of wine. Nerea Perez Artero and Rosana Perez trod 15 litres of wine. There were also prizes for the runners up.
The Mayor thanked the hamlet for the high turnout. He said, “Many families in our municipality have their own vineyards and make their own wine to consume. Today what we wanted to do is involve all our neighbours in the more traditional method.”
Meanwhile the head of Agriculture, said, “We have the support of many people who work selflessly and judged the contest. Among those are judges who represent the British residents in the municipality and others that have gotten involved in the activity. Also winery owner Paco Palomillo and of course the Council staff that have been involved.”
The City Council provided everything necessary for the contestants: boots, grapes and storage.
The day also included the tasting of wine from previous events, as well as wine from Bodegas Palomillo. All in all it was a day which brought a lot of fun and entertainment of a traditional nature.