Most of the vineyards of the Costa Brava are located in the wine region of Empordá, nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, in the northeastern part of Cataluña. DO Empordá practically breathes the history of wine, which dates back to Roman times.
In this region the type of wines varies, from robust red wines of excellent quality, characteristic and aromatic notes; fresh whites with great taste and intensity; and even rosés, with plenty of personality and freshness. A native grape of the region is the “Garnacha of the Empordá,” with which a natural sweet wine is produced. Another original sweet wine of the area is the Moscatell.
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The Costa Brava is home to a wide array of different wineries, which you can visit at any time of the year to learn more about history and secrets behind wine cultivation, the traditions behind how the grapes are processed in this region and even a bit about how to taste some of the famous wines of Empordà. While vineyards are a great place to visit for wine enthusiasts, wine regions also offer a huge variety of other activities.
The region of DO Empordá has its historical roots in wine production and there is still a very strong wine culture there. It should therefore come as no surprise that the region hosts various fairs, festivals, presentations and seminars related to wine throughout the year.
One especially popular festival that takes place in this region is “VIVID” , which is held during the month of April. During this festival you will have the chance to take part in a variety of conferences, pairing exercises, menu tastings, excursions, live music and many more activities designed to help you discover the region´s characteristic wine along with all of its wonderful facets.
If you’re looking to do more during your trip to Alt Emporda than just taste wine, there are several routes that will teach you all about the cultural, historical and geographic aspects of the DO Empordá. We recommend taking a look at the official website and to choose the route that best fits your needs and your budget.
All routes are priced starting from 10 euros per person and include: a guided tour of the vineyards and wineries, a wine tasting with pairings of local products, and many more activities that depend on the price of the tour, number of people and the number of days you wish to spend in this spectacular region.
How to get there:
- Car: Take the B-10 from Via Laietana, Carrer Dr. Aiguader to Exit 22, then drive on AP-7 take exit 4 and follow the N-11 to GI-614. This route will take approximately 50 minutes.
- Air: The nearest airport is Girona where you can reach starting from Barcelona El Prat. Once there you can take one bus departing every hour from Monday to Friday.
- Trains: This is probably the most convenient option. Run every 45 minutes, every day of the week. if you need more information, is better to check their website.