Forget Champagne, the celebratory tipple of choice in Spain is Cava and the sparkling wine is sipped at everything from weddings and birthday bashes to an evening meal with friends and family. First produced in 1872 at the Codorniu Winery, Cava was the brainchild of winemaker Josep Raventós, whose French travels left him with a yearning to create a Spanish 'Champagne.' Blended from local Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada grapes grown in the Penedès region, Cava quickly became popular, marketed as the 'wine that goes with everything' and is now as ubiquitous to Barcelona as Flamenco and Tapas. Today, the Penedès remains the heart and soul of Cava production, the third largest wine region in Spain, with over 160 wineries growing and producing traditional Cava.

In Barcelona, it's almost impossible to venture into a bar or restaurant without coming across the bubbly beverage, but touring the wineries of the Penedès is the best way to experience the depth of its cultural and historic significance. As well as learning about its production, you'll get the chance to sample a selection of fine Cava, which comes in a number of varieties including sweet, dry and rosé. A hugely popular day trip from nearby Barcelona, the idyllic Penedès countryside has even been affectionately renamed 'Cava County' in honor of the Catalonian drink of choice.

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Sommelier's Cava Tasting in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, null
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Sommelier's Cava Tasting in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the world of cava - the Catalan sibling of the French champagne- on this 2-hour experience. You will learn all about this exquisite drink, how to ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.94
Wine and Cava Guided Tour with Tapas from Barcelona, Barcelona, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Wine and Cava Guided Tour with Tapas from Barcelona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Enjoy a 6-hour tour through the amazing scenery of Penedes and Pla de Bages. You will visit a family-run winery in each of these locations and will taste their ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.31
Wine and Cava Day Trip from Barcelona, Barcelona, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Wine and Cava Day Trip from Barcelona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 123 Reviews

On this wine-tasting tour from Barcelona, spend a relaxing day in the countryside as you sample wine and learn about cava (Catalan sparkling wine). You will ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.44
Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona, Barcelona, Wine Tasting & Winery ... 
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Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 823 Reviews

Combine mountains, history and wine on a visit to Montserrat and either the Freixenet or Codorniu winery on a full-day small group tour by minivan from ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.58
Small-Group Cava and Wine Day Trip from Barcelona, Barcelona, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Small-Group Cava and Wine Day Trip from Barcelona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing day in the Spanish countryside while sampling some of Spain’s best wines and cava (Spanish sparkling wine). On this day trip from Barcelona, ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.85

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