Top of the world: the Columbus monument viewing point in the city centre has a wine tourism space where you can taste wine while enjoying the spectacular view of the Ramblas spread out below you.On the sea: you can take sailing trips with wine and food pairings to enjoy on board. The boat takes you from the Port Olímpic in Barcelona to the wine-growing regions on the Mediterranean.In traditional bars: for example, in the Poble-Sec neighbourhood, full of classic old-fashioned bars where the locals gather for a vermouth.In culinary hotels: these establishments are recognised for their special attention to Catalan fine dining, for their relaxed atmosphere, and for having a maximum of 60 rooms.On a bus tour: the Barcelona tourist board organises trips with guided tours and tastings of wines, cavas and cheeses in Penedés region wineries.
Ideas for enjoying wine in and around Barcelona
In bars, restaurants, wineries… However you like it, but in Catalonia, everything goes better with a good wine. And better still if you can enjoy it in a fun new way. Sounds good, doesn’t it? We'll tell you how to do it in Barcelona and the surrounding area.
Tours and fun activities in wineries
There are three wine-making areas with Designation of Origin very close to Barcelona, all offering winery tours, tastings, and fun, unusual activities.Alella Designation of Origin: its vineyards are just 25 kilometres from Barcelona, and its wines are 100% organic.Many of the area’s wineries that can be visited, with enjoyable activities ranging from yoga in the vineyards to tours on horseback or electric bicycle.Pla de Bages Designation of Origin: this area is about 45 minutes from Barcelona. Its wines are usually fruity, with a fresh bouquet, thanks to the Picapoll grape variety - this is the only part of Spain that grows it.You can tour the vineyards in a 4x4, on mountain bike or on horseback; you can also enjoy the benefits of wine therapy treatments, have an outdoor lunch among the vines, or try being a wine grower for a day.
Penedés Designation of Origin: you can reach these wineries from Barcelona in about 45 minutes. They are best-known for their excellent cavas, which have a long tradition in Catalonia. Organised activities include balloon trips over the vineyards; tours on electric bicycle or on horseback; stargazing nights with live music, astronomy and wine and food pairings; tapas blind tastings or sensory experiences through flavours and aromas; chill-out sessions among the vines; or massages and baths based on the use of grapes and their byproducts.There are also three very interesting cultural tours in the area: the Cava Interpretation Centre in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia; the Catalan Wine Culture Museum in Villafranca del Penedès; and the Iberian archaeological site of Font de la Canya, which displays the origins of Penedès vine-growing.