Nestled amongst the tapas bars and rustic restaurants are Barcelona’s charming, quaint and always stacked, wine shops, aka Vinotecas. Between the Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat wine regions, Barcelona boasts some of the most delicious wines worldwide and there are a wide variety of places throughout the city where you can buy, taste, sip and enjoy a few copas of vino and cava.
One of the most unique and authentically designed shops in the city is Paladar Vinoteca on c/Estruc. Run by two wine savvy Venezuelans, this vinoteca is off the beaten path, hidden on one of the many narrow alleyways in the Gothic Quarter close to Plaza Catalunya. Paladar features an array of international as well as Spanish wines, which you can buy and drink inside the store. They have a small selection of food (mostly cheeses) if you feel like some pica pica while sipping your vino tinto. The wine bar is elegant yet unpretentious and it’s also ideal for large groups looking to do a wine tasting as they have a large room at the back which doubles as a small art gallery and features local, independent artists.
Another not to miss wine shop, located in the Born neighborhood is Vila Viniteca. They have the largest selection of wine in the city and accompanied by their sister (food) store, you can buy fresh meats, cheeses and other high quality foods and enjoy a nice tapas meal at one of the tables inside the shop. If you’re looking for a bottle and aren’t sure where to find it, this is your best bet!
If you’re up for venturing outside of the city to check out a bodega (winery), Torre Del Veguer is a perfect day trip. This family run winery produces strong and original wines and has been around for centuries. You’ll be given a tour by the family members themselves and you can even opt for a homemade lunch in their 14th century mansion if you arrange it with them ahead of time.