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Attracting growing interest from wine connoisseurs from abroad, Cava is Spain’s sparkling wine. What’s more, nearly all of the country’s Cava production takes place in Catalonia making this the ideal place for a Cava wine tour. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or already know your Chardonnay from your xarel.lo, these are some of the best wine tours to take near Barcelona.
Devour Barcelona are one of the top food and drink tour providers in Barcelona and have worked hard to earn their reputation for tours that are as informative as they are fun. This small-group tour takes you to an award-winning winery located in Alella, north of Barcelona, where you’ll sample some seven different wines, including Cava, white, red, sweet and fortified local wines. The tour also includes a typical Catalan farm-to-table lunch with local cheeses, cured meats, seafood and other traditional dishes. This is an all-day experience which very much immerses you in the wine-making and wine-tasting, giving you lots of useful information while also making for a very pleasant day out.
This tour is run by the local tourism board, Barcelona Turisme, and is great if you want a budget-friendly introduction to Cava and Catalan wine. The Wine and Cava Tour takes guests to the Penedès wine-making region to three of the biggest and most well-known wineries in the area: Freixenet, Bodegas Torres and Bodegas Jean-Leon. Here you’ll be able to see where the wines are made and sample different bottles along with snacks and wine pairings. You can also buy direct from the producers and the price includes transport by bus to and from Barcelona.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to roll up their sleeves and get their hands a little dirty from time to time then the Make Your Own Cava tour is for you. ArtCava is a small-sized independently run Cava winery located near Vilafranca del Penedès and based around an ancient farmhouse or masia called Can Batlle. The three partners, Ignasi, Enric and Ramon are keen to share their passion for wine-making and the whole experience feels genuine and full of personal touches. Fortunately they’ve done most of the hard work so you can get straight to the bottling of the Cava and of course, the tasting.
The Penedès is an area south of Barcelona and widely considered the heartland of Spanish Cava production. Available as either a half day or full day tour, Cava Emotions Wine Tasting in Penedès takes you to some of the areas most well-regarded wineries. There you will meet the owners, enjoy a guided tour of the winery and of course, get the chance to sample the Cava wines. This is a great tour if you’re interested in trying different Cavas and tasting the differences in the wines.
Ever wondered how geographic positioning and the local environment – or what the experts like to call terroir – can alter the wine-making process? CastleExperience’s Wine, Tapas & Cava tour takes you to two different wineries in two different areas in Catalonia so you can find out. Starting off in the Penedès, you’ll visit an 18th century Cava winery and sample three different kinds of their Cava. Later, drive past the impressive Montserrat mountain and head to a winery in an area known as Pla de Bages where you’ll sample organic red wines and artisan cheeses.
Want to learn about Cava without having to leave Barcelona? You don’t have to. Foodie&Tours will bring the Cava to you with this two hour experience which takes place in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Inside a local wine bar you’ll be greeted by a sommelier who will explain everything you need to know about Cava making. Then you’ll try three different types of Cava, each with their own personality and matched with fresh pastries and desserts. You’ll leave feeling you’ve got a good grasp of Catalonia’s Cava making culture and more importantly, its Cava drinking culture too.
Last but not least, consider organising your own DIY tour of some of Catalonia’s best Cava wineries. The small town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia has one of the largest concentrations of Cava wineries, many of which can be reached within fifteen minutes by foot from the train station, with direct trains to Barcelona taking around 45 minutes. The bigger wineries such as Cordorniu and Freixenet will be ready to greet you unannounced but smaller establishments such as Solà Raventós or Caves Blancher are worth ringing ahead of time (someone usually speaks English). Doing it yourself means more flexibility, more scope to personalise your tour and no one to stop you deciding to extend your stay.