Most of the vineyards of the Costa Brava are in the wine region of Empordà; further nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, in the northeastern part of Catalunya. DO Empordà practically breathes the history of wine, which dates for instance 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. In addition, a native grape of the region is the “Garnacha of the Empordà,” 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 region is home to a wide array of different wineries; likewise you can visit at any time of the year to learn more about history and secrets behind wine cultivation. In the same vein, you can discover 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, in addition wine regions also offer a huge variety of other activities.
History of Vineyards in the Costa Brava region
A lot of tourist travel to Costa Brava specifically for the beaches, even so the food lovers know the other rich culture that this region holds. Moreover, the Empordà wine region is historic and many of the wineries in the area can share this knowledge with the wine travelers.
Empordà is actually one of the oldest wine producing regions in the whole country of Spain. For instance, about 2500 years ago, the Greeks and Romans both entered Spain in an area called Empúries. In the same vein, starting from Empúries, the cultivation of wine spread across the area now known for Empordà wine; and overall across Spain generally.
Likewise, there are over 400 wine growers in Empordà, and about 50 DO Empordà wineries; which together produce almost 4 million bottles of wine a year. And a part of these wineries are specifically dedicated to preserving the history of the region, and promoting the region in a national and international direction.
What to do in the Vineyards regions?
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 of every year. 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.
- Address: Avinguda Sant Francesc 29, 3a planta 17001 Girona (Catalunya)
- Dates: from the first dates of April until the 1st of May
Routes in Alt Empordà, Costa Brava
If you’re looking to do more during your trip to Alt Empordà 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.
- Train: 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.
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