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El Penedès: The Richness of Catalunya’s Famous Wine Region

Getting to know the place

El Penedès is one of the oldest wine-making regions in Europe and it is located between Barcelona and Tarragona. 95% of the Cava is produced in this region due to the unique combination of soil and sun from the Mediterranean weather. Cava is a white sparkling wine, which could be compared to Champagne.

Wine made from fresh ripe Grapes

Cava can suit everybody’s taste buds. It has so many different levels of sweetness that it is impossible for one not to enjoy drinking it. Cava varies from dry, brut nature, through brut, brut reserve, sec (seco), semisec (semiseco), dolç (dulce) to sweetest.

Having said that, escape Barcelona’s chaos by taking a trip to El Penedès and lose yourself in its picturesque countryside and beautiful vineyards and enjoy tasting all of Cava’s exquisite tastes.

Vilafranca is the capital of El Penedès and once there, you can choose to do several different activities. These range from going to the Vinseum, visiting the church of Santa Maria and tasting some traditional Catalan dishes.

Getting to Vilafranca is easy and the best method of transportation is by taking the train. Rodalies Renfre trains leave from Plaça Catalunya very close to Ronda Universidad and Rambla de Catalunya.

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Codorniu is the most prestigious and oldest winery in el Penedès. Since 1551 the Codorniu family has been producing one of the best Cava, with 40 million bottles sold per year, the famous winery has now opened its doors to the public. On the spot, you can visit the vineyards, the different caves, the museum and taste some Cava in ‘Sala Puig’, a place that has been classified historical and cultural heritage.

Visits are in Catalan, Spanish, and English, it is preferable to make a reservation.
There is a shuttle service from Barcelona city center going straight to the caves.

Codorniu caves

Codorniu caves

Exploring the area

If you like being active, renting a bike from Vilafranca or Sant Sadurni d’Anoia would help you to appreciate the beautiful countryside El Penedès has to offer.

Hiking is also on the agenda and for those of you who prefer to appreciate nature at their own pace, this is the right place to be. There are loads of different routes all around Vilafranca del Penedès and Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. This is an excellent way of absorbing your surroundings and getting more in touch with nature.

El Penedes

El Penedès

Have a look at the map to plan your upcoming adventure: Map el Penedes

If you like old places and castles, then these are the places worth visiting

Olèrdola is a very old village that was already populated in the Neolithic era. There you can have a look at ruins of the old city, you can admire Sant Miguel Church and the castle, both from the 10th century.

The Castle of Subirats is from the middle of the 10th century, it was an important frontier post at the time of Marca Hispánica (a historical name for the N.E. region of Spain). The castle was a well known for being a fortified look-out post towards West. Now it offers a magnificent view over the Penedès and the Montserrat mountain.


Castle of Sant Martí Sarroca

Above is the photo of the beautiful Castle of Sant Martí Sarroca. This is a very prestigious monument of the Alt Penedès, along with the 13th century Santa Maria church. Both are cataloged as a history-art monument of national interest. They’re definitely worth a visit!

Last but not least there is the village of Sant Sebastià dels Gorgs. Whilst there you are able to appreciate the beautiful works of the Basilica of Santa Maria. Its Romanesque architecture makes its facade and twin bell towers stick out. This is considered to be one of the first examples of Catalan architecture subject to the canons of the Gothic.

Many decide to stay in Barcelona and visit this area for a day trip. If you need accommodation in Barcelona then visit Barcelona Home.


 Getting there

  • Address: L’Alt Penedès, Spain.
  • By Train: Rodalies from Plaça Catalunya, close to Ronda Universidad/Rambla de Catalunya going towards Sant Viçens de Calderes.
  • By Car: Get on C-32 to C-15. Take exit 21 from C-32, follow C-15 to Carrer Plaja in El Pla del Penedès.

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  1. I had no idea that 95% of Calva was made in El Penedes. I love Costa Dorada, great region

  2. I am a big lover of Cava so I am so excited to visit this place!

  3. What nice information about this area!

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