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Arillas Wine festival 2012

September 13, 2012
Oxi allo karbouno

Last Saturday the annual wine festival was held in Arillas. It was an unexpectedly big success! We estimate that more than a thousand people came by, tasted our wine, beer and souvlakia and danced the night away.

Donkey carrying grapes

Donkey carrying grapes

The festival started with the arrival of the grapes. The grapes were transported by a very cute donkey, accompanied by the people of our dance group dressed in traditional clothing. The donkey was definitively one of the highlights of the festival! Very kind and gentle, she had no problem whatsoever with all the kids that wanted to get their photograph taken on her back. The grapes were put into an open barrel and crushed with the feet, the old-fashioned way. The juice of the grapes was put in a barrel to ferment and be consumed next year.

Making Wine

Making Wine

Then it was time for dancing and feasting. Lots of souvlakis and sausages, many jugs of wine and kegs of beer were consumed. The system with the wine worked again this year, even though the waiting time was quite long at rush hour, due to the big number of winedrinking visitors. You could buy a jug of wine, hand-painted by the local cultural club, for 3€ or 5€ and refill it as many times as you like. And for those preferring beer, there was more than enough Corfu beer on tap!

Dancing doctor

Dancing doctor

The local dance group performed traditional dances and both the children’s group (with children as young as 4 years old!) and the adults group got a standing applause from the audience. After the performances of the groups, the local band Faiakes played on for many, many hours and both the locals and the visitors enjoyed the dancing until deep in the night. This photo is of our local doctor (and master grillman!)  performing a very nice “zeimbekiko” around a wine jug at 2 o’clock in the night!

Oxi allo karbouno

Oxi allo karbouno!

Finally, here’s a photo of the great grilling team of Arillas. The T-shirts have the slogan “ΟΧΙ ΑΛΛΟ ΚΑΡΒΟΥΝΟ” meaning literally “No more coal”, but this expression has so many connotations in Greek that I find it very difficult to translate… One of the interpretations could even be a political statement like “we ‘ve had enough”, but always with a great dose of humour. Anyway, if anyone can offer a better translation I would be glad to see it!

And we would also be very glad to see you at our Arillas Wine festival next year, in the beginning of September!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    November 17, 2012 2:14 pm

    Could you please tell me the date in September of the 2013 Arillas wine festival

    • November 17, 2012 4:46 pm

      Hi Annie!

      The Arillas wine festival is held every year in the second weekend of September. In 2013 it’s going to be on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September.

      All the best,


      • November 17, 2012 5:49 pm

        But then again, I just heard from a reliable source that it may be held the previous weekend (6-7 September). As soon as the definitive date is known we will post about it.

  2. December 16, 2012 9:16 pm

    It is certain, the Arillas Wine Festival 2013 will be held on Saturday 7 September!!!


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