August 15th is a date of much significance in the town of Cómpeta. Firstly, the townsfolk (Competeños) pay homage to the patron saint of the town, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption). Secondly, it has always been set as day before the grape harvest begins and, as a result, the townsfolk celebrate the Noche del Vino (Night of the Wine). Why have just one celebration when you can have two!! The Noche del Vino began back in 1973 as a sort of spontaneous celebration by local farmers, but it has grown into a great tradition and has become one of the main celebrations on the local calendar. The early celebrations take place in the Place Vendôme but as night falls, the action moves to Plaza Almijara. A stage is set up in the square which, traditionally, is shaped like a cortijo or farmhouse. All types of entertainment are on offer and, naturally, there is much sampling of the local Muscatel wine!