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Home to more than 300 wineries, Spain’s Penedès region produces some of the country’s best cava, a sparkling wine made with the same method that’s used to make French champagne. The historic town of Vilafranca del Penedès is filled with medieval and Modernista architecture, as well as restaurants pouring locally made wines.
Many travelers visit Penedès on a day trip from Barcelona. Though wine tasting is at the top of the activity menu, there are tours for all types of travelers. Cycle through picturesque vineyards on a guided bike tour of the region, take a food tour to sample local artisan olive oils and cheeses, or combine an afternoon of wine tasting with a morning visit to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage-listed Montserrat Monastery.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Penedès is a must-visit for wine lovers and foodies.
- You can pair your wine tasting with other activities such as a bicycle ride, Segway tour, or a Monastery visit.
- Penedès day trips from Barcelona can last seven to 10 hours, depending on the activities that are included.
- Don’t forget to bring sun protection, especially if you’re visiting during the summer months.
How to Get There
Penedès is 45 minutes from Barcelona. To get there, take the Renfe train from Plaza Catalunya or Estació de Sants.
When to Get There
One of the most exciting times to visit Penedès is during the autumn grape harvest, which happens during September and October. Fall and spring both offer cooler temperatures perfect for touring the vineyards. July and August tend to be the busiest months at popular wineries and Montserrat Monastery.
Famous Winemakers of Penedès
This wine region has hundreds of wineries to choose from, but a few are such big names that you’re likely to see their labels at your wine store back home. Among those that offer tours are Codorníu with its grand Modernista building, Freixenet (the biggest cava producer in Spain), and Torres, a 17th-century family-owned winery.
Address: Alt Penedès, Barcelona, Spain
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Penedes
Escape the metropolitan bustle of Barcelona, and head to the rolling green hills of the Catalonian countryside on a full-day wine and cava tour of the Penedés region. With a professional guide, visit three established wineries that showcase premium Catalan cava, and uncover the secrets behind traditional and modern manufacturing processes. Educate your palate to recognize different varieties during tasting sessions, and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, history, and wine during this 10-hour, small-group excursion that includes a visit to Montserrat Monastery and a winery tasting near Barcelona. Drive by air-conditioned van to the hilltop religious site of Montserrat, where you'll enjoy spectacular views and see the Black Virgin, a 12th-century religious icon. Then head to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the nexus of Catalonia's wine industry, where you'll visit a winery for a tasting. Along the way you'll get personal attention from your knowledgeable guide.
Indulge your senses with the rich flavors of Catalonian cuisine on a full-day, food-and-wine tour from Barcelona. With a knowledgeable guide, travel to a medieval farmhouse cradled by the mountain of Montserrat, and sample fine wines and creamy cheese while admiring the spectacular scenery. Savor home-cured meats in a Benedictine monastery, taste a variety of premium olive oils, feast on a traditional Catalan lunch at a quaint farmhouse, and embark on a guided tour of a winery. Sample effervescent cava, and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
Leave Barcelona’s city sights behind you and venture into the Spanish hills on this private, full-day tour. Following pickup from your hotel, travel into the heart of Catalonia to the UNESCO-listed mountain of Montserrat. Explore Santa Maria de Montserrat, where ancient treasures await, then venture on to Spain’s so-called Cava Trail for a cellar tour and cava tasting at a winery. Receive the undivided attention of your personal guide on this private tour.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Discover the verdant splendor of the Penedes wine region on an exhilarating 3.5-hour Segway tour from Barcelona, accompanied by an experienced guide. Explore the scenic Spanish countryside on a smooth, self-balancing Segway, stopping intermittently to capture fantastic photographs, and arrive at a traditional winery to observe ancient wine making methods and sip delicious samples.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Penedes?
The best ways to experience Penedes are:
- Three Vineyard Winery Small Group tour in Penedes Region from Barcelona
- Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona
- Traditional Food and Wine Small Group Tour from Barcelona
- Private Montserrat Monastery with Wine and Cava Tasting Day Trip from Barcelona
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