What are the wines like?
Wines from Penedès are produced using traditional grape varieties, but also those introduced in recent years. The majority of them are young wines with great aromatic qualities. The white wines are very fruity and fresh. The red wines are full-bodied and aromatic and have an intense colour. Cava, which is a naturally sparkling wine, deserves a special mention. Its flavour is unmistakable. Cava is a wine for making toasts and for celebrations, for intimacy and magical moments. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the world cava capital.
What I can find
Romanesque art: the monastic complex of Sant Sebastià del Gorgs, the outstanding example of the Romanesque in Penedès, is of special interest, as well as Gelida and Castellet Castles and Olèrdola's historic quarter.Castle Route: a guided tour will help you get to know the region’s most important castles. Art Nouveau, especially in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Vilafranca del Penedès and Gelida, with guided tours around the three areas. One of the most outstanding examples is the Cavas Codorníu building, by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Excursions on clearly marked trails which you can travel on foot, horseback or bicycle. The vineyards will accompany you on this journey. The area has a rich cuisine with numerous traditional dishes. For more information enquire at any of the tourist offices.
How to get here
The region of Penedès is located in Catalonia in north-eastern Spain, between the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona. There are many forms of transport you can use to travel to this region. Barcelona and Reus Airports are the closest to Vilafranca del Penedès and Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the main cities that form part of this wine route. There are also several trains running every day that connect this winemaking region with Barcelona and Tarragona. The AP-7 toll motorway also connects Penedès with these two cities in a journey that takes less than an hour. This same motorway, the AP-7, connects the region with France.
Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès are the most outstanding towns on the route. For centuries, wine has marked the history and economy of this region of Catalonia. Amongst vineyards and wineries you will find villages, farms and neighbourhoods of medieval origin. The different civilisations that have inhabited this area over the ages can now be seen in its important artistic heritage, well worth getting to know. Use the map on this page to see all the destinations that form part of these Wine and Cava Routes.