Barcelona is a wonderful and thriving European city by the Mediterranean sea, with plenty of sunny days. If you have chosen Barcelona as your destination for your year studying abroad, you’ll find out soon enough about many one-day trips to wineries and other wine-tourism activities. No surprises there: thanks to the great weather all-year round and the sea proximity, Catalonia has been producing some of the finest wines in the world since the romans, back thousands of years ago, found this place and started cultivating grapes.
If you want to get an insight of the tradition of wine and cava deeply rooted in this unique landscape, you have to visit the following vineyards and wineries.
The Alta Alella winery offers the possibility to visit its organic vineyards located by the sea. It’s located within the Serralada de Marina Natural Park (Alella-Tiana), a lush low-mountain range overlooking the coastline. This winery is only 20-min away from Barcelona, offers tours in five different languages through its unique setting and jaw-dropping views. Visits cost between 10€ and 20€ per person, include wine and cava tastings and must be reserved in advance. They also host private events.
This big, family-owned winery is a must, as well as one of the most famous in the Penedès region, 40-min south of Barcelona. You'll be able to explore the estate on foot, enjoy the peaceful landscape where its traditional wines are produced and taste some of the most exclusive vintages. There are great pieces of history here on how wine was produced back in the day, as this winery has consistently offered all kinds of tours for a very long time. Torres has consistently won awards on a yearly basis for both its wines and its wine events and activities.
Located in the same area of Penedès, Jean Leon tells the story of the man and his family behind it in making excellent black and white wines, including its signature Merlot and Chardonnay. All guided tours, tastings and gastronomic experiences must be booked in advance and they are all so tempting you’ll have a hard time deciding which to take.
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This small winery, in Subirats, near Penedès, is based in producing smooth, entirely organic wines, one of the first of its kind in Catalonia, which you’ll taste paired up with local cheese and other snacks (even chocolate!) after any of the guided tours they offer. Perfect for families and not as touristy yet, you’ll have an all-round good time visiting this winery.
The list would not be complete without including one of the most famous cava wineries (cava is a sparkling wine produced only in Catalonia, that somehow resembles french champagne but has a unique feel you’ll get to love). Codorniu, located in iconic town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, is one of the oldest winegrower families in Spain and here you’ll learn how cava is made as well as taste some of its best bottles. The experience will be absolutely worth the 50-min drive from Barcelona.
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Are you about to embark on the trip of a lifetime? Study Abroad Apartments offers some great options for students planning to study abroad. Just get in touch with us if you need any help finding somewhere to stay and we’ll make sure you have one of the best options out there!