Free Wine and Wild Street Sledding in Icod de Los Vinos

Free wine for everyone and an old tradition of steep street racing make the festival of San Andres in Icod de los Vinos something very special. Local youth with small sledges race down the steepest streets in town while the new wine flows. Wow! What a fiesta! 

The wineries of Icod de los Vinos are highlighting the fiesta of Saint Andrew (San Andrés) by introducing their new wines every year in the end of November. It is an old tradition accompanied by an even older one; the old method of transporting wood and barrels of wine down the steep hillsides to the sea on sledges. This method is developed into a hazardous game over the centuries. Small wooden sledges made mostly from heartwood waxed with resin are used by hundreds of locals to win fame by scoring the fastest speed on the steep streets of the town.

© Photos by Eldar Einarson

 

At the top of the steepest sledding street, El Plano. We happen to live very close and could follow the two-day wild event from our balcony

The main race starts at the top of the steepest sledding street, El Plano. We happen to live there and could follow the two-day wild event from our balcony

 

Most are using gloves and it is easy to understand why

Most are using gloves and it is easy to understand why

 

It starts softly involving the kids

The kids participate at an early age

 

Fathers and offsprings

Fathers and offsprings

 

Here they come

Here we come!

 

Viva Icod de Los Vinos!

Viva Icod de Los Vinos!

 

Still too young, but maybe next year?

Still too young, but maybe next year?

 

A teenager on his way

A teenager on his way

 

No need for snow here; the speed gets very fast and the race ends in a pile of used car tires

No need for snow here; the speed gets very fast and the race ends in a pile of used car tires

 

The whole town is transformed into a party ground

The whole town is transformed into a party ground

 

The smaller kids are using the smaller streets

The smaller kids are using the smaller streets

 

The fiesta is a big event in Tenerife and roasted chestnuts the main snack

The fiesta is a big event in Tenerife and roasted chestnuts the main snack

 

People from all over the island participate and they need food

People from all over the island participate and they need food

 

The streets have become restaurants

The streets become restaurants

 

One of the many local wineries preparing for the tasting session. The wine is free, but you need to bring a glass

One of the many local wineries preparing for the tasting event. The wine is free, but you need to bring a glass

 

If you don’t have a glass, you can buy one for a euro

If you don’t have a glass, you can buy one for a euro

 

New wine, new life

New wine, new life

 

People gathering for free wine and food at Plaza de la Pila

People gathering for the symbolic uncorking of the new wines. Free wine and food at Plaza de la Pila

 

A local orchestra plays old folk music

A local orchestra plays old folk music

 

Growing up with music in the veins

Growing up with music in the veins

 

The street sledding will go on for two days and nights

The street sledding will go on for two days and nights

 

The street outside our house is packed with party people while the sledges run

The street outside our house is packed with party people while the sledges run fast

 

Still a little space for the sledges; one in full speed right under me

Still a little space for the sledges; one in full speed right under me

 

 

 

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