PENEDÈS: ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WINE REGIONS IN SPAIN
If you would like to have a trip to a winery near Barcelona, you will enjoy seaside and vineyards in Penedès!
This wine route is one of the most visited routes in Spain due to its many assets: it is close to Barcelona and Tarragona, two dynamic cities, and to the Mediterranean coast, and it provides the unique opportunity to visit key players in cava production in Spain.
Located only one hour south of Barcelona, the Mediterranean wine region of Penedès is a lovely one-day excursion from the heart of the bustling Catalan city. The Penedès wine region’s boundaries approximate the territorial region of the same name—historically a ninth century defense outpost. The wine from Penedès, like that from more than 60 other wine regions in Spain, is classified as DO [Denominación d’Origen].
Why is Penedès wine region so popular
Most famous on a worldwide level for the Cava (bubbly) made here, Penedès is also home to some stellar dry reds and whites and some neat dessert wines. Most of the historic wine estates are located on “Masias” (Catalan farmhouses). Some examples of fantastic properties would include Parés Baltà, Can Feixes, Mas Comtal, and Can Ràfols dels Caus. Other fine producer is the hugely popular Miguel Torres, among others.
The wine region has more than 150 wineries and covers a large territory between the sea and the mountains. It is divided into three areas: Upper Penedès (Alt Penedès, Alt Camp, Anoia and Baix Llobregat), central Penedès and Maritime Penedès (Bajo Penedès: Baix Penedès and Garraf).
The Penedès vineyards are divided into three sub-regions: low (maritime), central and high. These relate to topography; the region stretches westward and inland from the Mediterranean Sea over undulations and hills known as the Catalan coastal depression, the coastal range and the pre-coastal mountains, where vines thrive at up to 2,600 feet (800 meters) elevation.