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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Sipping in Penedès
Whether you are content to sip fine wines in an elegant environment within Barcelona or would rather go for a full stomping ruta de vino in the hills beyond, Catalunya is certainly not off the world-class map when it comes to turning grape-growing into wine-tasting.
The closest wine region to Barcelona is Penedès, found to the south-west of the city. Its varied climate means a broad range of excellent bottles are produced, from delicate whites to substantial reds as well as the famous cava, a sparkling wine made a la traditional. Producers to look out for include: Conde de Caralt, Miguel Torres, Masía Bach and Juvé y Camps.
The two towns at the heart of Catalunya’s favourite wine-producing region are under an hour by train from Barcelona. Vilafranca de Penedès is a busy market town, which houses the Museu del Vi (Wine Museum) in a 14th Century Royal Palace, while Sant Sadurni, five miles away, is the home of cava and its two famous producers: Codorníu and Freixenet.
Wine Tasting Within Barcelona
Va de Vi
With its 16th-century stone arches, wooden tables, heavy drapery and candlelit atmosphere, Va de Vi is suitably Barrio Gotico, Romanesque and romantic. Owned by a former sommelier and artist, this wine bar offers over 1000 wines, many by the cata (tasting measure), along with speciality cheeses, hams and pâtés.
C/ Banys Vells, 16
Tel: 93 319 29 00
La Barcelonina de Vins i Esperits
This unpretentious wine bar is located on the ground floor of an old house in the Eixample. Hundreds of bottles of wine and cava line the walls where visiting and local oenophiles pour over the excellent wine list and mingle at the long bar that stretches the length of the room. Traditional tapas accompaniments are also available.
C/ València, 304
Tel: 93 215 70 83
This small but stylish bar has over 400 wines, including many exciting new vintages, available in 25cl decanters. Contemporary delicacies such as truffle omelette, salted liver with carrot sauce, and soft pigs’ trotters all add to the experience. Cata 1.81 also offers wine-tasting courses.
C/ Valencia 181
Tel: 93 323 68 18
Wine Tasting Beyond Barcelona
Vintage Spain is a family-run company specialising in las rutas de vino. Passionate about Spanish culture, traditions, cuisine and, of course, wines, they offer one-day excursions to the Penedès region that include two or three wineries, lunch and a visit to the impressive Montserrat Abbey.
Tel: 947 310126
My Favourite Things
For those willing to venture a little further from Barcelona, the bespoke and off-the-beaten track organiser My Favourite Things offers a unique tour of the Priorat. This small region inland from Tarragona offers stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, a fascinating wine-producing history involving the Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei and, naturally, fine wines.
Tel: 63 72 65 405
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June 13th, 2009 at 4:48, posted by maple story mesos
[...] given in Christmas hampers. You can also expect to receive gifts such as legs of cured ham and cava. Lets just say it is very much the time to eat, drink and be [...]
December 18th, 2012 at 13:25, posted by What to expect on your plate this Christmas in Catalunya
[...] includes lamb, rabbit, pork, chicken and Catalan butifarra sausages. Glasses of local wine from the Penedes is usually drafted in to compliment the [...]
February 13th, 2013 at 9:06, posted by Eat delicious calçots in Barcelona this spring