I took this photograph of the charming El Vendimiador several years ago when it was situated in the main square, Plaza Almijara in the village of Cómpeta.
The statue commemorates centuries of wine-making in the area and shows the grape-picker standing in his sandals on a dry-stone wall. On his head he carries a basket of freshly-picked grapes and by his side, his young daughter helps with the harvest.
Despite being sited in the main square, next to the 500 year old Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción village church only eight years ago, the statue disappeared a few years later. I suppose this was to make more room for vehicles to turn around in the tiny square, already half full of tables, chairs and sunshades from the nearby cafes and restaurants.
No-one seemed to know what had happened to the statue and some even suggested it had been damaged during the move.
Fortunately El Vendimiador re-appeared earlier this year at the new Mirador in Competa’s Plaza Vendimia (where he really should have been all along), except now he stands alone, without his daughter.
Curiouser and curiouser …….!
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