- 10.5-hour cava and wine tour from Barcelona
- Enjoy guided tours of three of the best wineries in the Penedés region
- Learn about the complex process of producing wine
- Visit a family-run winery and discover the traditional method of making cava (Spanish sparkling wine)
- Sample several types of wine and cava at each winery (included)
- Small-group tour provides a more personal experience with your guide
After about an hour’s drive, arrive at your first stop, a local cava maker. Tour the winery with a member of the winery’s staff and learn about the cava-making process. Visit the deep underground cellar where the winery's first bottle of cava was produced more than 150 years ago!
Admire the winery’s modernist industrial architecture and hear about the technological innovations in winemaking that are combined with old traditions to produce the wonderful sparkling wine. At the end of your visit, sample some of the winery's most emblematic varietals.
Next, head to a smaller, family-run winery, where every worker is somehow related to the family. This winery has kept the artisan cava-making process alive and limits the use of machinery, creating a beautifully aged cava considered to be one of the best in Spain. You will have the good fortune to enjoy a sample of this delicate cava.
You’ll then have a 1.5-hour break for lunch (own expense) in a local village, where your guide will recommend some restaurants depending on your lunch preferences.
After lunch, sit back in your minivan as you head to an organic winery specializing in white and red wines, particularly tempranillo, pinot noir, garnatxa (known more commonly as ‘grenache’) and cabernet sauvignon. Enjoy a guided tour of the winery, and then relax in the bar as you sample a few of these beautiful wines.
Then head back to Barcelona, taking in views of the vineyards from the comfort of your minivan.
Reviewed by Pat, December 2012
Very knowledgeable tour guide
Reviewed by Carole H, October 2012
This was one of the best things we did all week. No one else showed up for the tour so we got a private tour for my husband, our 26 year old daughter and myself. We had a wonderful guide called Anna who was totally fun. Somehow the itinerary had gotten mixed up, but she reshuffled things around on the fly, and we ended up with what I suspect was a better tour than the original plan would have been. We started at a small family run winery where we were greeted by a young woman whose grand-father had had the vision to start making higher quality wine (the family has been growing wine grapes for more generations than they can count). She was relayed by her charming father who spent far more time with us than we were expecting. From there we went to Cordoniu wineries, which is one of the biggest in the world, and saw a completely different aspect of the wine industry. We ended our tour at a smallish boutique winery owned by a Barcelona restauranteur. We were again fortunate to be the only ones there, and to spend a great deal of time with our winery host. I would recommend this tour to everyone. Not only did we learn about wine, but also about history, and about Catalonian culture.