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From Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

1. From Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

Visit the Penedès region on this excursion and discover the fascinating world of wine. Explore the vineyards of two wineries, taste delicious wines paired with gourmet delicacies, and learn about the art of winemaking. Situated between the sea and the mountains, the Penedès enjoys both the influence of the sun and the Mediterranean Sea, making it prime territory for winemaking. Make your way there on a luxury Mercedes SUV to visit 2 hand-picked family wineries. Make your first stop at a boutique winery that has been cultivating vines for over 2,000 years. Be welcomed by a winemaker who will show you its subterranean wine cellar. Learn fascinating facts about grape varieties, vine growing, winemaking and the optimal conditions for wine storage. Take the opportunity to taste 4 fine wines in a stylish tasting room, accompanied by an assortment of gourmet delicacies. Next, make a visit to the traditional manor house and vineyards to discover the art and secrets of winemaking. Continue the visit through the vineyards in a convertible 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by your guide and a viticulturist. Admire the stunning rural landscape with seemingly endless vineyards. Along the way, and in the midst of the vines, you’ll pass a Romanesque church that belongs to the manor. The second and final visit is to an equally historical winery specializing in cava, a naturally sparkling wine with an unmistakable flavor deeply rooted in Catalonia. The ancestral estate is built over an old farmhouse but features cutting-edge design facilities. Enjoy the opportunity to enter the capella, the heart of the cellar, and the oldest part of the winery. After visiting the vineyard and cellar, you’ll have a chance to taste 4 unique types of cava. Each will be paired with an appetizer that enhances the tasting experience.

Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

2. Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

Depart Barcelona and drive towards the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range for a morning visit to the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, world-renowned for its shrine to the Virgin of Montserrat, also known as the "Black Madonna." Marvel at the monastery and its surrounding scenery on a curious-shaped rock that rises 2,380 feet above sea level. Go inside the monastery to see its main attractions, including the Romanesque icon of the "Black Madonna" thought to date back to the 12th century. Get unparalleled views of the magical landscape, declared a national park in 1987. Next, visit the Santa Cova ("Holy Grotto") where, according to legend, the virgin appeared before some shepherd children in a vision. Benefit from the chance to hear the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat (Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir ), one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe (subject to seasonal availability). Then, head to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in the heart of Catalonia's cava wine producing region and visit Premium Cava Winery, where the tradition of making sparkling wines date back almost 5 centuries. Visit the cellar and descent to the dungeons where the wine is secretly kept for several years. Learn by the hand of an expert viticultor on wine production and grapes growing. Taste 3 varieties of local wines and cavas paired with traditional cheeses and cold meats while enjoying great views of the Catalan countryside with the Montserrat mountain at the background. Hear about the process of producing cava at a family business that first produced it according to traditional methods in 1872, and by using grapes from the Penedès region.

Barcelona Wine, Cava and Tapas 4WD Vineyard Tour

3. Barcelona Wine, Cava and Tapas 4WD Vineyard Tour

Wine and gastronomy are part of Catalonia’s popular wisdom. Through this tour, delve into the Penedès region to learn all about the fascinating world of wine. The influence of the sun and the Mediterranean Sea makes Penedès a privileged territory for winemaking. You will travel on a private luxury bus to visit 2 hand-picked selected wineries. Your first stop will be a family run historical winery specialized in cava, a naturally sparkling wine with an unmistakable flavor deeply rooted in Catalonia. Take this tour with a specialized oenologist and the exclusive opportunity to enter the capella, the heart of the cellar and the oldest part of the winery, is an enchanting candlelit ancient room where time stands still. After visiting the cellar, taste 4 unique cavas paired with a selection of appetizers to enhance the experience. At your second stop, you will visit the traditional manor house (current residence of the family owner) and the vineyards to discover the art and secrets of winemaking. To add a glamorous touch to the experience, continue the visit through the vineyards on-board a 4x4 convertible car (approximately 40 minutes) accompanied by your guide and a viticulturist, a true passionate expert. This is an unique and exclusive way to visit a stunning rural landscape with endless vineyards. Along the way, admire a Romanesque church settled among the vineyards and belonging to the manor and taste a unique wine made by the same grapes you are visiting in your four-wheel drive tour. Take the chance to satisfy your curiosity and ask all your questions to an expert winemaker who will tell you about the history of this millenary winery. In this remarkable space, learn fascinating facts about grape varieties, vine growing, wine making or the optimal conditions for its storage. Raise your glass for a toast to a great wine experience.

Penedès: Codorniu Winery Tour with Cava Tasting

4. Penedès: Codorniu Winery Tour with Cava Tasting

Enter the world of cava as you explore the historic Codorníu Winery with your guide. Visit the estate gardens and the museum to learn more about cava and the making of process. Descend 20 meters underground and take a train through the wine cellars before finishing your tour with a tasting of 2 premium cavas. Your visit begins in Sala Puig, the Cathedral of Cava, where you may watch a short video introduction of the Codorniu history and wine-making. After, follow your guide to the museum and outside through the gardens where you have a chance to discover the modernist architecture by Puig i Cadafalch.  As you have learned more about cava and the process of how to make it, it is time to descend more than 20 meters underground to visit the dugout cellar tunnels with the electric train. At the end of the tour, it is time to taste the delicious sparkling wine. You are offered two different cavas of premium range to taste.

Barcelona: Caves Codorniu Winery Tour Based on Anna's Life

5. Barcelona: Caves Codorniu Winery Tour Based on Anna's Life

Join this guided winery tour and tasting experience to learn about Anna de Codorniu, the last person in the family that bore the surname Codorníu. The first cava using Chardonnay grapes carries her name as a tribute.  Start your guided tour in the Puig Room before moving on to the "Cava Cathedral," a modernist building and historical monument. Then, visit the museum and the main wine cellar. At the cellar, take a train ride stopping at the Anna Space, an elegant and feminine area. Taste 3 of Anna de Codorniu products accompanied with a small appetizer.

Barcelona: Half-Day Wine and Electric Bike Tour

6. Barcelona: Half-Day Wine and Electric Bike Tour

If you are lovers of cycling, nature, and wine and then you are invited to come to Penedès to enjoy an unforgettable day cycling among the vineyards on your favorite means of transportation. You will be visiting an ecologic winery and tasting the best wines and cavas. Cycle among the vineyards and be taken to a family winery where you will participate in a guided electric bike wine tour. Join the tour and cycle through vineyards with your rented electric bike and English-, Catalan-, and Spanish-speaking guide. Enjoy a fully guided tour of the region and visit wineries to taste wines and cavas. This is a small group to ensure a personalized experience with a maximum of 12 persons. You will meet at 10:15 AM and catch the return train at 2:00 PM. As great connoisseurs of the Penedès region, you will meet the fourth generation of a family rooted in the land. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of this wine region, and the fascinating world of wine and cava in a privileged environment as it is Subirats. You will be given the chance to enjoy a half-day wine tour surrounded by vineyards and visiting a winery where you will discover the different steps in the process of making cava and wine.

Penedès: Self-Guided Bike Tour with Winery Visit

7. Penedès: Self-Guided Bike Tour with Winery Visit

Meet in Lavern-Subirats, easily accessible from Barcelona by train. Enjoy a splendid bike ride along quiet paths that run between vineyards and with beautiful views of Montserrat mountain. Follow a customizable route which takes you through the heart of the region, easily accessible through your cell phone. Stop for a guided visit at a family-owned ecological boutique winery. Discover all the secrets of making wine and cava and taste some of their best products. Then, continue by bike back to your departure point. Explore the route at your own pace and return to the meeting point in the evening time, in time to get the train back to Barcelona.

Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

8. Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat and the Penedès wine-growing region by minivan. Visit the monastery and the Museum of Monserrat, listen to Europe's oldest children's choir, walk through the mountain range's many paths, and visit a winery - this tour has it all. There will be plenty of free time to explore Montserrat on your own, but a visit to the sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. Pilgrims and other visitors have climbed the mountain to visit this sanctuary for nearly 1,000 years. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, and browse its collections that range from the Archaeology of the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture. A highlight of visiting Montserrat is listening to the voices of Europe’s oldest children’s choir, La Escolania de Montserrat. There are numerous walking and climbing trails on the mountain, ranging from easy strolls to serious hikes. Each trail offers a different perspective on the surrounding landscape, which is dotted with small chapels and hermitages. If you'd rather not walk at all, then another option is to take one of the2 rack railways or the cable car, which provide stunning views of the area as well. After the morning in Montserrat, the tour heads to Penedès, a wine-growing region where you'll stop by a winery to view the vast wine cellars and taste some of the wineries' renowned products. You’ll take a tour of the winery and see how this sparkling wine is produced, from the pressing of the grapes to fermentation in the vast cellars. No winery visit would be complete without a taste of the product, so at the end of the tour you'll have a chance to try some of the best cava the region produces.

Vilafranca del Penedès: Winery Visit with Tastings

9. Vilafranca del Penedès: Winery Visit with Tastings

Embark on a fun and informative wine tour and tasting at a family-run vineyard in the celebrated wine-growing region of Alt Penedès. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste 4 internationally-awarded wines along with a delicious aperitif of local cheeses and hams.  On completion of your visit to the J. Miquel Jané Winery you will receive a booklet with many helpful hints and tips on the art of wine tasting.

Guardiola de Font-Rubí: Winery & Grill Menu Tour

10. Guardiola de Font-Rubí: Winery & Grill Menu Tour

Join this fun and informative wine tour and tasting at a family-run vineyard in the celebrated wine growing region of Alt Penedès. Your visit will include a guided tour of the vineyards, the aging cellars and the warehouse. Your expert guide will explain the different techniques of winemaking and some of the secrets behind the aging processes. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste 5 of the internationally awarded wines along with a delicious aperitif of local cheeses and hams and then a grill menu at the restaurant of the winery. The family winery, situated in the Penedès region, offers you a really special experience. The grill will be done outdoors, with branches and strains of old vines. The menu will be created with high quality, seasonal and local products. Grill menu includes: - Starter - Fresh mixed green salad - First dish - Wood fired Paella with rice and vegetables or woodfired fideua - Second dish - Wood fired meat (lamb ribs and sausage Catalan sausage) with potato and sauce "all i oli" - Dessert - Sorbet lemon or chocolate brownie - Bread, glass of wine and water 

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What people are saying about El Penedès

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 131 reviews

Albert and crew were great, knowledgeable and friendly. Believe him when he says take the e-bike even if you are an experienced rider! Winery tour was fun and insightful. Make sure you either bring your own lunch or are ready to eat at the local village.

Beautiful settings and great tour! The wines were excellent and everyone was especially friendly and informative on the history and production of the wines. Highly recommend!

Perhaps because I wasn’t expecting too much, I was blown away. The cava house was unbelievable, almost surreal. The cavas were great as well, and so were the guides.

Nice cava, Nice people, Nice guide, Nice place Everything was perfect! Thanks for a good day. The guide was so talented!

A beautiful way to experience history, nature and amazing wine and cava.