The Catalunya Wines in Barcelona
When visiting Barcelona the obvious must-sees are the surreal creations of Gaudi, such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral – a masterpiece created by combining Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture. You might also already be planning on catching a traditional Flamenco show, but consider adding a wine tasting excursion to your itinerary.
Barcelona is located just outside the famous Spanish wine region Catalonia. Known for its production of sparkling cava (the Spanish version of champagne), Catalonia was one of the first wine regions to implement the use of stainless steel tanks to ferment their wine. Due to its close location, sampling the Catalonian wines is a fun and easy day trip.
There are several notable wineries that welcome you to explore their vineyards on a guided tour. Codorníu Winery is where cava was invented based on production methods learned in Champagne, France. At 450 years old, it is currently one of the oldest family businesses in the world. They offer a variety of experiences perfect for corporate groups including a Cava Beginner’s Tasting Course, a tapas lunch, or Aperitifs Amongst The Cavas. You can also enjoy a guided tour of the winery’s beautiful gardens, its sprawling underground cellar and the gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings designed by Puig i Cadafalch, one of Barcelona’s greatest architects.
Marfil Alella is an urban winery just a twenty-minute drive north of Barcelona. It offers a variety of activities that are great for entertaining a group. They have wine tasting workshops and offer Games Wine, where your group can get creative and design a custom blend to take home.