Spain is known for being one of the most successful wine producing regions in the world. Ranging from its more popular Riojas to its equally as wonderful and lesser known Ribera Del Dueros, if you’re a ‘wino’ or just want to experience some exceptionally tasting vinos, Barcelona and its surrounding areas are worth a visit.
The Spanish region of Penedes is only a short drive south of Barcelona and is home to Cava, Spain’s version of champagne. It also produces excellent white and red wines and is an ideal place to go for a few wine tastings as its a short drive outside of the city and also accessible by train.
If you’re looking to venture outside of Barcelona to discover some of its regions bodegas (wineries) here are a few suggestions:
Torres Winery -Situated in the Penedes region, the Torres family has been cultivating wine for the past 300 years. The family bodega is located in Vilafranca, a close train ride from Barcelona city. Torres wines are well known, not only for being one of Spain’s largest success stories when it comes to wine, but their wines are internationally recognized and available in 115 countries worldwide.
Jean Leon Winery- Built in the Bordeaux Chateau style in 1964, the Jean Leon Winery still produces its wines manually to ensure the greatest quality product. Located in the heart of the Penedes region this vineyard is known for its outstanding climate and land and most importantly for the meticulous care given to its 150 acres of land by the staff who work there. They are specifically known for their Pago wines which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.
Codorniu- Producing wine and cava since the 16th century this vineyard is the place to go if you want to taste one of the highest quality bottles cava in Spain. This is an elegantly decorated winery with modernist cellars designed by renowned architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The winery is en route to Tarragona-Lleida, not a far drive from Barcelona. The entire trip can be done in about half a day, approx 5 hours.
If you don’t have time to venture outside of Barcelona but want to experience authentic Catalan wine and/or cava in an inviting and intimate setting then check out Paladar Vinoteca d’Estruc. This is a quaint and charming, tastefully decorated boutique wine shop in the Gotico and close to Plaza Catalunya. They feature high quality Spanish as well as international wines and have quite a diverse and broad selection of bottles that you wouldn’t normally find in other shops around the city. Paladar also hosts private as well as public wine tastings so if you want an informal session or feel like setting up a tasting with a just few friends, this is a fun way to sample a few copas of vino and cava before kicking off the night in Barcelona.