Postcards from wine country
The Penedès DO is the one that offers the greatest variety of tourism activities and opportunities to discover the secrets of cava and wine. In Vilafranca del Penedès, for example, you can enjoy a glass of wine in the bell tower of the Basilica of Saint Mary or gain entry to wineries that are true gems of modernist architecture. And in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, you can go on a dramatised trail that takes you back to the time of the phylloxera insect plague or visit the CIC Fassina Cava Centre.
If Penedès DO is the largest denomination of origin, Alella DO is one of the smallest. But small does not mean insignificant. In Teià, you can visit the Roman winery in Vallmora – an archaeological site which demonstrates that vines were grown on the slopes of the Serralada de Marina mountain range over two thousand years ago. And in Alella, in mid-September, you can enjoy the Harvest Festival and sign up to one of the magnificent tasting and pairing workshops that take place there.
The activities offered by the Pla del Bages DO will delight anybody who prefers more direct contact with the earth and spending an unforgettable time among the vines. Old and young alike can get involved in vineyard work or explore the area's dry-stone, wine vat-shaped buildings, constructed in the 19th century by producers to make their work easier.
Do you like walking? In the regions of Barcelona, there are numerous signposted trails that take in many of the province's vineyards.