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Stoke's Ultimate San Vino Adventure
We hope you’re getting as excited for San Vino Wine Fight as much as we are!
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HOW TO GET THERE
Check Omio for the best deals on flights, buses and trains. If you choose to fly either Bilbao or Biarritz are the best airports. From Bilbao and Biarritz airport there are regular buses to San Sebastian, you can then reach Haro from San Sebastian-Donostia by bus or train.
- Sleep in twin shared tents, all set up for you with camping mats and a sleeping bag
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Yummy hot breakfast buffet and unlimited mimosas every morning from 8:00 until 11:00
- Coffee and tea station open from 8:00 until 11:00
- Access to all campsite facilities including pool, laundry and restaurant
- Access to hot showers free of charge
- Bus trips to and from the wine fight
- Festival info & tips
- A box of wine to get you started for the opening ceremony and closing
- Welcoming cheese and wine dining on opening night
- Closing pool party
- Open bar of unlimited beer and sangria open from 10:00am to 10:00pm (€15/DAY)
- Your traditional white outfits for the festival: T-shirt, pants & scarf (€40)
- When you arrive follow the signs to the Stoke Travel check in desk.
- There isn’t an ATM at the campsite, so grab your cash before you arrive.
- Tents are allocated on arrival. If you want to be in the same tent as your friend please check in together.
- If you are travelling solo we will tent you with someone of the same sex. *Upgrade to solo tent €30/night
- We can cater for dietary requirements, please email us email@example.com to let us know.
- Make sure you email us with the email address of all parties in your group booking.
Be A Guru (Should knows)
- Unlimited booze open bar of beer, sangria, wine, soft drink, tea and coffee for €15/day.
- If you’re travelling solo we will tent you with someone of the same sex. You can purchase a solo tent upgrade for €30/night.
- You can purchase a traditional San Vino white outfit for the fight at the campsite for €40 or before you arrive.
- Going to the wine fight there is a bus that takes you to the bottom of the hill, but there is a bit of a walk to get to the top where the fight is. It is not uncommon for partygoers to pay locals for a ride and jump in the back of their cars and utes and share wine with the locals. It’s super safe and heaps of fun!
- Throw wine only. It is disrespectful (and would really hurt) to throw anything else, that includes food, mud, shoes and your friends.
- We will try our best to wake you up in the morning, but if you sleep through our screams we can’t be held responsible for you missing the fight!
- If you’re not sure how to find the main campsite for check in, follow the big ‘ol Stoke Travel signs to our check-in which is located at the back of the campsite.
- If you arrive earlier in the day, you can come hang out at camp before 2pm and drink some beers, but you might have to be a little patient and wait until after 2pm for your tents to be ready.
- If you’re a night owl and arrive between the hours of 11pm – 8am, you’ll be an overnight check in. You’ll need to give your passport to security when you get to camp, and we’ll return it to you in the morning when reception is open, and we can check you in properly and give you your wristbands.
- SHARE YOUR PICS! WE WANNA SEE YOUR FACES! When you upload pics to the gram, hashtag #stoketravel and #sanvino to share the love and maybe even find that cutie you’d been eyeing off… Make sure you like us on Facebook to see the all the pics and vids from the festival so you can share em and make all your friends back home jealous.
- Sanitary facilities
- Free hot water
- Summer terrace
- Laundry facilities on site
- Drinking water at all the water outlets
- Ping- pong table
- WiFi is available at campsite reception
- The campsite is just a 5 minute walk to town
- Stoke Bar on site with unlimited beer and sangria for €15 per person per day
The Bodega quarters
Just a 5 minute walk from the campsite, you can visit a unique cluster of centuries-old bodegas, where you can taste the great wines of Rioja.
8 kilometres from Haro, in the municipality of Briones, you will find the Museum of culture with regard to Dinastía Vivanco wine.
Stoke Travel’s Common Sense Guide To Staying Safe
*If at any time you feel unsafe, please don’t hesitate to contact the onsite Noble Security team, or any member of the Stoke Travel crew who will radio for security.
As far as situations go, a Stoke Travel trip is amongst the safest. Unlike in the ‘real’ world, everybody here is intent on having a good time with new and old friends – your fellow Stokies are way more likely to hold your hair back while you puke than steal your wallet.
That being so, we’re more in danger of hurting ourselves while on a Stoke Travel trip than falling foul of our fellow travellers. Here’s a quick little guide to partying safe with Stoke Travel.
- Drink plenty of water.
You’re going to drink heaps of beer and sangria, and you’re going to have a plenty big hangover, but you can really limit it by smashing a few cups of water throughout the day and evening.
- Remember to eat!
We’re going to hook you up with a hearty bottomless brunch, and as the bare minimum that should keep your stomach lined and engine running. Do not skip these these meals, even if you are suffering horrifically from one of the aforementioned hangovers. We also strongly advise getting a lunch and dinner in there too, at the campsite restaurant or any of the many amazing bars and restaurants in town. Maybe even do this every day.
- Zip your tent up when you’re in it and when you leave it.
Seems basic, but you’d be surprised how often drunk us forgets to do this. When you get in your tent at night make sure you zip it up to prevent unexpected rain showers from disturbing your slumber. Same goes for when you leave your tent. It’ll take two seconds to zip it up, but that’ll save you from wet clothes, chafe, and maybe even pneumonia. If you also brought your favourite pair of socks and want to make sure they’re safe, you can purchase a lock from the guru tent for only €5.
- Don’t be a creep.
Like, seriously, has that ever worked out for you? Similarly, if you see somebody being a creep and making people uncomfortable let us know and we’ll have a friendly word to them. Sometimes they just don’t realise how gross they are.
- No means no, consent matters.
At a very basic level if you hit on somebody and they say no then you’ve just got to cop that. They’re just not that into you. It sucks for about three seconds, but you’re literally surrounded by hundreds of young, like-minded travellers. Suck it up and move on. When you do find somebody who’s into you and you want to move through the bases, make sure you get consent. It really, really, really, really, really does matter.
- If you see somebody having a bad time, make sure they’re ok.
We are all brothers and sisters and gender non-specific relations out here. If you see somebody struggling in any way, check on them, grab a Stoke staff member and just do what any decent human being would do.
Staying safe at Stoke Travel is super easy, but sometimes we get a little out of control and forget the basics. If you ever find yourself in any kind of situation do not hesitate to contact Stoke staff, or security, and we’ll sort you out immediately. We’re here to help – help you have the best time possible. Mwah.
What to Bring
- Your best party shirt
- Warm clothes (it can get a bit chilly at night)
- A towel (we don’t sell or rent them on site)
- Portable phone charger
- Your white outfit for the fight. If you don’t have one pre-prepared, you can buy one at the campsite for €40.
- A pillow if your backpack won’t do
- Swimmers for the post-wine fight pool party!
- Condoms (better safe than sorry, right?)
- Bring shoes that are either waterproof or that you can throw out after the wine fight because they will be destroyed by the end of it! Locals prefer white canvas shoes, thongs (flip flops) or no shoes!
- Something to throw wine in! A water (wine) pistol, a bucket, your mouth…
- Your swimmers to cool off in the pool and work on your tan
- Sunscreen! Looking like a lobster is only cute if you’re actually a lobster.
- A water bottle to fill up. You’ll be saving the environment and staying hydrated all at the same time! How good!
- Cash. There’s no ATM’s on site so you won’t be able to get cash out until you’re in the city centre.
A battle so fierce that the vineyard and surrounding hillsides turn red. So violent that the weary and wounded stumble away from the fighting, covered from head to toe in what looks like blood, but what is in fact delicious red wine… This is the wine fight, La Batalla del Vino de Haro, our favourite festival.
The celebrations find their origins in a centuries old land dispute between Haro and neighbouring Miranda de Ebro, that over the years descended into the Wine Fight (read more about the Wine Fight’s history here). These days the dispute has been solved, but the Batalla de Vino remains, with locals young and old coming from Haro and the surrounding region to fight with each other and with travellers. The battle is fought on a hillside overlooking La Rioja’s vineyards, and battlers use buckets, water pistols and any other device that can carry and throw wine. And don’t worry, wine lovers, it’s not a waste! This is the wine that wasn’t good enough to be bottled, and when the battle’s over the rivers of wine run back down the mountain and into the vineyards to fertilise them. The Wine Fight is an up-and-coming Spanish fiesta, and one that you must visit if you’re a wine lover, party animal or a lover of unique travelling experiences.
The wine fight is, literally, a fight with wine. Think buckets and water pistols, basically anything that carries liquids, filled with the local red wine and thrown and poured on anyone and everyone who enters the splashing fields. There is so much wine that literally everybody, and every part of said bodies, will be absolutely soaked in red wine and maybe a little drunk from it soaking through their pores. It’s like La Tomatina, Valencia’s world-famous tomato fight, but instead of being pelted with tomatoes, a salad vegetable that isn’t universally loved, we’re splashed and soaked in red wine, a product that only psychopaths dislike.
What time does the party finish?
The party continues to the early hours (4-5am) of the morning with an array of local and international bands and DJs in Plaza de la Paz. This is where everyone, both local and tourist, come together to celebrate San Juan and the La Batalla del Vino.
Where are these parties you speak of?
The main fiesta is situated in the Plaza de la Paz. This is where everyone comes together to celebrate. Come enjoy a beer in the square with a plethora of bars encircling the plaza to choose from.
The beauty about Stoke is we don’t tie you down with strict itineraries to follow so this is a rough guide to your time at San Vino.
Stoke Travel San Vino campsite opens.
2pm – Meet us at the Stoke San Vino Campsite. Check in will open from 2pm.
THINGS YOU DON’T WANNA MISS IN THE TOWN SQUARE:
7:00pm – In the José Ruiz Extremiana Square “El Feo”, Dragoncio children’s performance
7:30 – 8:00pm – Tourists and locals gather at Plaza de la Paz to participate in various contests, food tastings, and live performances.
8:30pm onward – The music will continue to the early hours of the morning with Diskobolo (Mobile Disco)
8am -10am – Bottomless brunch is served at campsite
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Foreplay Party
THINGS YOU DON’T WANNA MISS IN THE TOWN SQUARE (28/6):
12pm – In the El Mazo Pediments, Tortilla (Spanish Omelette) Competition. Locals gather in the square to taste their native dishes and are judged based on their cooking abilities
8pm – In the Plaza de la Paz a parade is put on through the town celebrating San Juan by the locals where food and music is rife on to enjoy
10pm – In the Herradura, musical animation tour by RocKalean. RocKalean is an itinerant rock group that makes versions of rock and pop songs in Spanish, Basque and English
11:30pm – In La Herradura, a parade is put on by charanga de la Peña. Where people come to meet, eat and celebrate San Juan
11:45pm and onwards – In the Plaza de la Paz enjoy music from live acts
6am – 7am – Hearty hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, avocado, etc and bottomless mimosas to prepare for the wine fight at the Stoke Campsite
Around 7am – Walk up the hill and partake in enormous wine fight
Afternoon – Chill out, get showered and de-purple yourself whilst enjoying our unlimited beer and sangria
THINGS YOU DON’T WANNA MISS IN THE TOWN SQUARE:
9.30pm – Come down and watch the iconic Toro De Fuego aka the firework bull where they ‘release a fake bull with fireworks’ throughout the crowds to celebrate local traditions.
11:00pm – In the Plaza de la Paz, a musical concert with local and international bands and lots of people dancing. During the performance at 12am, several fake bulls will be released. Fires that will end the holidays. The approximate hours of action are:
8am – 10am – Bottomless brunch at the Stoke Campsite