Wine and tradition in the Alt Penedès

Wine and tradition in the Alt Penedès

One of the essential experiences minutes away from Barcelona is the opportunity to discover wine and tradition in the Alt Penedès, one of the wine-growing areas where wines and champagnes are internationally famous. The trip to the region, about 50 kilometers from the center of Barcelona, offers much more than the typical tastings that accompany an extensive tour of gastronomy that extends from the coast to the Catalan Prelitoral: castellers, medieval buildings, modernism and a huge historical and artistic heritage to surprise us.   

We travel between the Alt Penedes vineyards

Therefore, we start our route in Vilafranca del Penedes. From capital to capital, in the Alt Penedes we will find some of the buildings of greater historical importance of the region: the Basilica of Santa Maria (XIII century), the Royal Palace, that today includes the Museum of Wine Cultures of Catalonia, and Macià and Baltá palaces, two exponents of noble houses dating back to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In these, you can still see coats of arms on the facades and trace back along the structure, the different remodeling that have been made. Far from ending with the attractions, Castellers of Vilafranca are one of the most recognized of this traditional activity of Catalan culture that have come to act even in Shanghai (China). In the capital of Alt Penedès, they usually do castellers between one and two times a month, moving to other municipalities in the region.  

However, beyond the VINSEUM in the Palau Reial, visitors can also visit the cellars of some of the most prestigious wines offered here, such as Bodegas Miguel Torres or Pinord Bodegas, both with designation of origin. Or better still, book the days surrounding the Ruta del Xató, in November, the Fira del Gall, in December, or Festa Major de Vilafranca (August 30), with castellers and wine tastings. On leaving the capital, we expect some surprises. The first to be found in Cavas Codorniu, which can boast of having an underground cellars designed by Puig i Cadafalch in a modernist style; also Freixenet highlights by the noucentista style, but true lovers of cava, must go to Sant Sadurní, a municipality that is articulated through its Romanesque base that expanded in the mid-sixteenth century collecting Gothic styles.

In Sant Sadurní, we may be lucky enough if we enjoy the Cava Week, one of the most famous celebrations in the region before Festes del Pilar on October 12. However, any time is good to discover one of the most traditional towns of Catalonia, where we should not miss the opportunity of getting lost among the vines that colonize the landscape or move towards other points of interest, such as Sant Sebastià dels Gorgs or the big calçotada in Santa Fe del Penedès.

Discover the gastronomy and tradition of Alt Penedès Region. Stay at the Hostel Pere Tarres and discover the best hostel in Barcelona. We will wait for you!

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