Penedes: Spanish Wine Region

Posted by | September 13, 2013 | Barcelona, Inspiration, Spain, Travel, Uncategorized, Wine | No Comments
Pares Balta

Spain and wine go hand in hand and we couldn’t leave the country without a trip to Penedes or a few glasses of Spanish wine.  Penedes is a wine region located 40 minutes outside of Barcelona.  The area is known for producing wine and cava–a sparkling wine made using a traditional Spanish method.  One could say it is Spain’s version of champagne.

Vineyards and vineyards galore

Vineyards and vineyards galore

Zeis and I got in the car and spent the day visiting various vineyards.  The drive consisted of windy roads, mountains, small towns and lots of greenery.  The views were amazing.  Even Zeis was surprised by the beauty such a close drive from Barcelona.  When we arrived we planned to visit three very different vineyards.  The first was Cordoniu.  This is one of the larger and older vineyards in the region.  It is a family owned business, which most are, and it has been around since 1659.  We got to explore the bodegas underground cellars.  The cellar was massive we needed a train to get around.  We ended our tour with a tasting of white and rose cava.

Cordoniu

Cordoniu

 

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Rovellats was next our next stop.  We were greeted by the granddaughter of the original founder of the vineyard.  The Rovellats home has much history as well as art.  Apparently the grandfather was a bit of an artist and art enthusiast in his time.  We were lucky enough to get a private tour of the bodegas.  It was small in size making it a much more intimate experience.  The cellar was unique in its six point star layout and central rotunda.  The Cava Reserva was lovely.

Six Point Layout

Our last stop of the day was at Pares Balta.  This is more of a mid size vineyard and this vineyard has a more organic method of producing their wine.  Apparently they follow the full moon when determining the right time to plant and harvest.  It was a very hot day during our visit and we walked right onto the vineyards to see the grapes up close.  After a tour of the cellar we got to sample three different Spanish wines–vino tinto, rose, vino blanco and one Spanish cava…..manchego cheese and fuet….the perfect way to end our day.

Pares Balta

 

 

 

 

 

 

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