El Penedes is one of the oldest wine-making regions in Europe and is located between Tarragona and Barcelona. 95% of all Cava is produced in this region due to the unique combination of soil and sun from the Mediterranean weather.
Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is named as the capital of Cava and you can find many companies which offer tours round several wineries in a day. Most include wine tastings at each winery and some even include some traditional Catalan food. Just remember to pace yourself so that you make it through to the last one!
One particularly famous Cava is Codorniu which is internationally renowned and if you would like to take a tour remember to book in advance.
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Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is a pretty area with lovely architecture surrounded by over 80 wineries to choose from. It is possible to get there by train by Rodalies line C4 (Manresa – St. Vicenç de Calders, Stop Sant Sadurní d’Anoia)
Near to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the city of Vilafranca del Penedès known as the wine capital of Catalonia. You can visit the wine and culture museum VINSEUM dedicated to showing the culture of wine and its relationship with the town and area.
If you would like a break from the bustle and noise of Barcelona city then a visit to the region of El Penedès is just what you need. The region boasts picturesque countryside and many wineries to choose from to sample their wine and wonder through their beautiful vineyards.
Places worth visiting:
In the interior of the monument group at Olèrdola is the castle, the ruins of the ancient, city and the Church of Sant Miquel dated from the Xth. century. This ancient town was already populated in the Neolithic era.
The Castle of Subirats
Mid Xth. century this was important frontier post, but even prior to this, in the time of the Marca Hispánica (a historical name for the N.E. region of Spain), the castle was a well known fortified look-out post towards the West. Now it offers a magnificent view over the Penedès and the mountain of Montserrat.
The Castle of Sant Martí Sarroca
The most important monumental group of the Alt Penedès, which includes the Xth. century Castle of Sant Martí and the XIIIth. century church of Santa Maria, catalogued as an history-art monument of national interest.
Sant Sebastià dels Gorgs
An ancient Benedictine priory of which the church and part of the cloister remain. Its Romanic bell tower of the first era stands out with its quadrangular shape, large windows and rounded arcs, unique in the Penedès.
The Firm best equipped to receive visitors is Codorníu, the largest producer of cava (40 million bottles a year) in Spain. Codorníu is ideally visited by car because of unreliable transportation. However, it’s sometimes possible to get a taxi from the station at Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. Groups are welcome at Codorníu and advanced reservations are not necessary. Tours are presented in English, among other languages, and last about 1 ½ hours as you explore some of the 16km of underground cellars by electric cart. A former pressing section has been turned into a museum, exhibiting wine-making instruments through the ages. The tours ends with a cava tasting.
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Address: L’Alt Penedès, Spain.
Transport: Rodalies line C4 (Manresa – St. Vicenç de Calders, Stop Sant Sadurní d’Anoia)