Wines of Catalunya: D.O. Penedes

Tasting
Cava, Red Wine, White Wine
Activity
Food Pairing, Meet The Maker
Included
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Countryside
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
122
01
/ Person
Filippo S
Response rate: 
50%
Response time:
several hours
Activity Overview
This day trip is fun, informative and educational, as well as a very unique opportunity to try a variety of fabulous wines and cavas (which are Spanish sparkling wines) and have a great meal in an amazing environment. We visit two small vineyards in Alt Penedes, which is the upper part of the Penedes wine region, about 40 minutes southwest of Barcelona. Alt Penedes is known for its smaller-batch, more specialized wines, and these vineyards are no different. The morning stop will consist of a brief tour, as well as a presentation of the region and wines, followed by a 3-product tasting. Next we'll drive a short distance to the second vineyard, where we'll begin with a short trip out to the fields for a brief history of the wine region, the grapes grown here and the processes used, then we'll go into the facilities and down into the cellar for an explanation of the equipment used to elaborate the wine, the storage processes and the bottling methods. Afterwards, we head to the tasting room for very generous tastings of white, reds and a reserve cava. All of this is enjoyed over a meal of traditional Catalan food...select cured meats and cheeses, olives, tomato salad, bread with tomato and olive oil, and Spanish tortilla (sort of like a quiche). Of course, all that you taste is available for purchase from the vineyards. The price of this trip is 105 EUR / person, departing at 10am and returning to the city around 6pm. Included in the price are transport in a touring van, a very knowledgeable and personable, English-speaking guide, visits and tastings at two small vineyards, a great traditional lunch and bottled water available in the van.

Our wine trips are very unique in many ways, one of which is the fact that we only take a maximum of eight people on each trip (as with all of our day trips), ensuring that the day is relaxed, personal, flexible and fun. Additionally, we go to small wineries that are not visited by busloads of people. We are almost always the only guests at these establishments during our scheduled visit, which enables us to have a very special visit, tasting and meal, and ensures that we have the undivided attention of the winemakers for any questions that one might want to ask.

Important: There would be a surcharge of 15 EUR / person if you ended up being the only two clients on any non-private day trip. Although this is not likely (especially between April and October), it would be necessary in order to cover the guide fees and other costs that would normally be covered by having more than two clients on the trip. The positive side of the supplement is that you end up getting a private tour at a fraction of the normal private touring price!
 
Practical information
Comfortable clothing suited for potential temperature fluctuations
Comfortable walking shoes
Umbrella or raincoat (if necessary)
 
Included
  • Very knowledgeable and entertaining, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned touring van
  • Two winery visits
  • Wine tastings
  • Traditional lunch inside a winery
Rates
Per
Price
Person
$
122
01
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Daily10:00 AM
Duration
7,5 H
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
Jose was a fabulous and engaging guide who took a small group of 8 people to the Penedes wine region. A good friend from Athens joined me and it was such a fun day!We went to two wineries and had an amazing feast at one of the wineries with authentic Catalan cuisine and great wines, especially the robust red wines we tasted.I highly recommend this tour for a unique and personalized experience of this ... more picturesque wine region. Jose was great and I hope to be able to go to future extended small group excursions especially to the Rioja region.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION
We welcome you for a trip which grants you unique chance to learn through the hands of a professional chef on how to prepare a typical Spanish meal. You will learn how to choose fresh ingredients and the proper way to cook them, as well as how to select the proper rice and witness the magic with your own hands. This opportunity will see you prepare a complete menu of 3 different courses:
Baked Onion Carpaccio with Xató Sauce, Gazpacho, and Bravas Potatoes as starters, and Sea Food Paella as main courses and then finish with the classic Catalan dessert, the Catalan Cream. It is a rare opportunity where you will enjoy a small group for a personalized experience as you share good memories of your journey while you taste the paella you prepared coupled with a selection of wine.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION
You will Start your day with a lovely taste of conventional gourmet bites as you let yourself go to the suggestions of a professional chef as he guides you through one of the world famous markets, the colorful Boqueria Market, renowned for its phenomenal varieties of products on offer. You will amaze yourself with new tastes of regional gourmet delicacies as you visit traditional grocery shops thoroughly selected by chef Alex Lopez. Afterward, you will continue your stroll through the maze of Barcelona old town to reach the Santa Caterina Market where you will enjoy the splendid the market and its arched rooftop which was recently reformed by the renown architects Miralles and Tagliabue. You get an opportunity to savor original delicatessens of the market, served with a selection of appetizers that will shock your taste buds.