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Penedes Wine Region

  • Penedes, Catalonia, Spain

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Last updated: 06 February, 2024

South of Barcelona lies the interesting wine region of Penedes, set in pretty hills that cascade down towards the Mediterranean.

Although especially known for its sparkling wine (it contains 95% of the world’s cava producers), Penedes also produces light, fruity whites and full-bodied reds.

There are two main wine towns to aim for: Sant Sadurni d’Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedes, both of which have Modernista grace notes. Vilafranca also has a famous Sunday market.

Who to go with: tour operators

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Albet i Noya winery

  • Penedes Wine Region, Catalonia, Spain

Albet i Noya winery

Experience

Spain’s first organic winery, producing a range of award-winning crisp whites, spicy reds and cavas. Their Reserva Marti was listed among the 1,000 best wines in the world in the Vinalies International competition.

Good for age: 18+

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Caves Codorniu

  • Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Caves Codorniu

Experience

The largest and oldest cava producer in the Penedes wine region outside Barcelona, with a family wine-producing history dating back to the 16th century.

Good for age: 18+

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Familia Torres Wine Estate

  • Penedes Wine Region, Catalonia, Spain

View over vineyards

Experience

Spain’s leading wine dynasty, the Torres family, established production here 130 years ago – its enjoyable tour includes an introduction to the wine production process and a ride through the vineyard on a mini train.

Good for age: 18+

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Freixenet

  • Penedes Wine Region, Catalonia, Spain

External facade of the winery building

Experience

Historic, large and family-friendly Cava producer, operating from a pretty 1920s-style hacienda building and offering fun, 90-minute guided tours including a ride on a small train.

Good for age: 18+

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Jean Leon Wine Estate

  • Penedes Wine Region, Catalonia, Spain

view of vineyard vines with small house in background

Experience

Award-winning winemaker famous for revolutionising the Spanish wine industry by introducing little-known French grape varieties – visit the company’s finca for tours and tastings..

Good for age: 18+

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Commuter trains on the C4 line (Cercanias) from Plaça de Catalunya go to Sant Sanduri d’Anoia (44 minutes), the main centre of cava production, and to Vilafranca del Penedès (55 minutes). But to really see the region you’ll need wheels – for some proper wine tasting make sure you have a designated driver, or book onto a multi-winery tour leaving from Barcelona. You can also hire a bike and cycle through the vineyards (either on a tour or independently).

Most Penedès wineries welcome independent visitors, but require you to book in advance for tours, so plan ahead. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings, the Catalunya Bus Turístic leaves Plaça de Catalunya for a day’s coach tour, including tastings and tapas at Freixenet, Jean Leon and Miguel Torres.  Wine shop Gust de Poble, in the central town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, is the place to shop for local wines at good prices.

When to do it

September to October, when the grapes are being picked and beginning to ferment, is the most interesting time to go. The vineyards are least impressive without their leaves, from November to March.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Penedes Wine & Cava Tasting & 4WD Vineyards Tour from Barcelona

  • Barcelona

Enjoy an exclusive day out to a two local wineries in Penedès Region and taste 4 excellent wines and 3 excellent wines and 4 glasses of cava perfectly paired with local cheese and charcuterie. Drive through 2000 year-old vines accompanied by a local viticulturist in the vineyards to learn everything there is about wine-making! 4WD adventure around the vineyards included. And a professional oenologist into the cellars. Have fun and feel unique in your experience in a Premium Small Group Tour.

Price €110

Min age 16

Rating 4.76 / 5 [277 ratings]

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Wine, Tapas & Cava Private Tour from Barcelona

  • Barcelona

This winemaking regions of Penedes and Pla de Bages is a short ride out of Barcelona, and they are surrounded by top cultural highlights like the Montserrat mountain. Jump on our VIP minivan and your local guide will tell you everything you want to learn about Spanish and Catalan wine culture through the personal stories of its protagonists. Pick your favourite option or let us know about any other plan you have!

Price €440

Min age 0

Rating 4.85 / 5 [214 ratings]

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Penedes Tour: 3 Wineries with Tasting Small Group from Barcelona

  • Barcelona

Enjoy a relaxing day in the Spanish countryside while sampling some of Spain’s best wines and cava (Spanish sparkling wine). On this day trip from Barcelona, visit with a professional guide three different kinds of wineries in the Penedés region (famous for winemaking) that showcase the very best of Catalan cava. Learn the traditional and modern methods for producing wine and cava, discover the different varieties and, of course, taste them! The small group size of this tour ensures you'll spend an intimate day with like-minded wine lovers.

Price €195

Min age 0

Rating 4.76 / 5 [64 ratings]

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Private Wine & Cava Tasting Tour In Penedés Region with hotel pick up

  • Barcelona

Penedés region is one of the most important wine and cava regions in Catalonia. Penedés land is between the sea and the mountains, and this influence of the sun and the sea makes that Penedés region is considered one of the country’s best wine-producing regions after the Rioja, it is also one of the most ancient viticulture areas in Europe. Through this tour, you will learn all about the world of wine and Sparkling wine.

Price €305

Min age 0

Rating 4.66 / 5 [12 ratings]

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