New grapes bring back old custom in Alboloduy

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Jeffrey Keeton
CUSTOM: Treading the grapes in the traditional way.

WINE-PRODUCING areas are bringing in their grapes, ready for pressing.

Some, like Alboloduy (population 642), have revived the tradition of organising a fiesta where the first grapes of the season are trodden in the old way. They were brought into town accompanied by the fiestas queen and her attendants as well as the children and young people who would later tread the grapes, symbolising a continuing tradition handed down from their elders.

The small town is celebrating the wine harvest for the fifth year running in an initiative backed by the Almeria Diputacion. “The vendimia wine harvest festival is one of the province’s most important traditions,” said Carmen Belen Lopez, who heads the provincial assembly’s department of Communities, Consortiums and Civil Defence.

This revival is particularly important for small municipalities that would not otherwise find it easy to promote themselves and make their towns and villages known, Lopez said.

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