The best wine routes near Barcelona
Although little is said, Barcelona is all surrounded by vineyards. There are five appellations of origin scattered around the metropolitan area. Each area has its own landscape and climate. As a result, the wines acquire their very own flavour as well as due to different methods and techniques.
If you have already discovered the city of Barcelona, it is time to leave the narrow streets and replace them with beautiful dusty roads, surrounded by vineyards and visit the wineries. Most of them are old stone houses, with thick walls. If you go inside you will discover an entire underground world, the cellar, which allows the bottles to rest, gain flavor and be refined over the years.
In this post we will offer you three wine routes, to do alone or in company, that will show you the beautiful landscapes and a different face of Barcelona, where you will be able to taste the most special wines.
Alella is a Catalan appellation of origin located a few kilometres north of Barcelona, in the Maresme region, next to the Mediterranean Sea. It is a very small wine-growing area, which originally provided most of the wine sold locally in Barcelona. The route through the wineries is designed along the coast and from any vineyard you can appreciate the blue sea and the smell of the sea breeze.
Here white, dry and sweet wines are produced. The grape, Xarel·lo, is what gives a fresh and intense wine, perfect to combine with seafood dishes together with the sea views.
El Penedès was and still is the cradle of Catalan wine. Since Roman times it was part of the Via Augusta commercial route and was used to supply large cities such as Barcelona or Tarragona. Its landscape and climate is very diverse. The terrain is very irregular, so you can find vineyards both near the beach and at the foot of the Montserrat mountain.
This wine-growing region is well known for producing a nationally renowned sparkling wine: Cava. This wine strictly follows the champagne method, which respects long maturations in the bottle. Each cava is unique and can become the best choice for the summer time, transmitting its distinctive aromas, foam and fresh character.
DO Conca de Barverà
It is an area of vineyards located in the north of Barcelona, towards the interior of Catalonia. Its winemaking tradition is closely linked to the monastery of Poblet, a historic place of pilgrimage for many Christians. The vineyards are set in an erosion caused by the river Ebro and surrounded by mountains.
The native grape is the Trepat, which produces soft and aromatic red wines. A perfect choice for those who are new in the wine world or want to combine it with grilled white meats.