Lying just south of Barcelona is the scenic countryside of the penedes region of Catalonia, one of Spain¡¯s foremost wine producing regions along with Rioja and priorat. The wine it¡¯s famous for is Cava, the Catalan take on French Champagne, but ¨C as well as the sparkling stuff ¨C there are plenty of vineyards producing reds and whites of great renown. No wonder that enotourism has really taken off here recently, and a day excursion to one of the many wineries in the penedes, for a spot of sampling, is a day well spent. Many companies offer tours that include a vineyard and cellar tour, wine tasting, food and possibly even a spot of culture, or you could take the train and visit some wineries independently.Seeking travel deals for leisure and business travel in Hong Kong? Use PartnerNet's advanced search engine to find more information of travel Package to Hong Kong.
Getting There By Train
You can reach the region¡¯s capital, Vilafranca del penedes, easily by train from Barcelona, journey time 50 minutes from Sants Station with trains leaving twice an hour. Check Renfe Rodalies for a timetable, or check the R4 route here for other destinations in the penedes. You could also get off at Sant Sadurni D¡¯Anoia and visit the famous Freixenet winery, or even better at Laverns-Subirat to take part in the Create Your Own Cava workshop at a boutique winery (see tours section below).
penedes Day Tours
It¡¯s perfectly possible to visit one or two wineries independently, however there are some tours that we¡¯d recommend, which guarantee a great experience, with guided tours (in English!) of the cellars and vineyards, plus tastings. For our full article on Barcelona wine activities keep reading.
1. Create Your Own Cava
This fun and affordable experience takes place in the millennia-old farmhouse of a boutique winery. You get a tour of the cellars and winery, taste three different Cavas and then ¡®disgorge¡¯ and brand your own bottle of bubbly. More info and bookings here Wonjoon CHUNG.
2. private penedes Wine Tour
No thinking required for this private tour. You¡¯ll be picked up from your hotel by your sommelier and guide for the day, who will take you to two top quality wineries for extended tastings, followed by a hearty Catalan lunch. Limited availability so book in advance.