Murcia’s gastronomic spotlight will be focused on Bullas from next Friday when the town hosts its popular Wine Fiestas. Located in the north-western part of the region, 651 metres above sea level and 53 kilometres from the capital city, Bullas is one of Murcia’s three designation of origin wine-producing areas – together with Jumilla and Yecla.
Its old town centre is a veritable wine lover’s paradise, with 200 fully or partially preserved traditional wineries, most of which were built between the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as The Wine Museum of Bullas.
Running from 17 to 26 September, the annual “Fiestas del Vino” program includes guided tours of the museum, vineyards and Los Cantos Roman villa site, themed exhibitions, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, grape harvest workshops and diverse family-orientated activities.
After this main schedule of events, the festivities then culminate in the El Zacatín artisanal crafts and products market – also dedicated to wine – on Sunday 3 October.
This year’s Wine Fiestas coincide with celebrations throughout the region to mark its designation as Spain’s “Capital of Gastronomy” for 2021.
The region currently has more than 35,000 hectares of vineyards, while the three aforementioned designations of origin (including Bullas) also organise their own wine routes certified by the Spanish Association of Wine Cities (Acevin).