Penedes Wine Tour: Organic Cava and Wine Tour near Barcelona

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7 hours
Duration
12 max
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SHORT DESCRIPTION

Join our Penedes Wine Tour to visit intimate family run wineries and to taste small production cava and wine served by the hand of their makers. Relax as you cycle through the vineyards of postcard villages, and indulge in traditional flavours in a gastronomic restaurant for lunch.

DURATION 7 hours approx.
MEETING TIME 10:05 am
MEETING POINT Lavern-Subirats train station (Penedes region)
Exact address and directions released upon booking.
GROUP SIZE 2 people min – 12 people max (6-8 people on average)
LANGUAGES English (Spanish and Catalan on request)
CYCLING CHARACTERISTICS
– Difficulty: easy/medium
– Distance: 8-12 Km (depending on the group)
– Terrain: hilly (we recommend to take an e-bike for a more comfortable ride especially in summer or if you are not in good shape)
INCLUDED
Full day guided tour
Bicycle, helmet & bottle of water
2 Organic Winery Visits
At least 4 Organic Wines + 2 Organic Cava tastings
Gastronomic menu at a local restaurant (there will be plenty of food!)
Wine pairing for lunch
EXTRA: E-BIKE We recommend to take an electric bicycle (e-bike) for a more comfortable ride especially in summer or if you are not in good shape
NOT INCLUDED
Transportation (this trip requires you to take a train from Barcelona to meet your guide)
Guide’s gratuity
WHAT TO BRING Small backpack, comfortable clothing for cycling, raincoat (in case of rain), sun protection
WEATHER CONDITIONS The tour will take place rain or shine (there is a van as an alternative to the bicycles)
IMPORTANT NOTE Please let us know if you are under a certain type of medication when booking
ANY ALLERGIES/FOOD RESTRICTIONS? Available for vegetarian and vegan guests. Please request preferences/food allergies when you make the booking

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9:15am Departure from Barcelona

My village is totally off the tourist radar, yet very easy to access from most of the places in Catalonia. There is an easy 45 minutes train ride to get there from Barcelona and I guarantee you it is worth the trip! (clear instructions on how to get there will be provided to you upon booking).
Prepare yourself for a very authentic wine and cava experience! Are you ready for it?
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10:05am Meeting at the train station

In this Penedes wine tour, you will not only taste the finest wine and cava of Catalonia in a bucolic setting and in a small group tour, you will also get to know the real people beside the cava and wine production in the Penedes area.
After meeting with me, we will find you a fit bike and helmet and get you started for the tour!
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10:15am Beginning of the Penedes Wine Tour

In the morning, I will take you on a relaxed cycling tour and introduce you to the beautiful vineyards and peach trees of my postcard village. I’m the fourth generation of winemaker in my family, which will give us plenty to talk about during the tour.
And since my Penedes Wine Tour will take us in my village and around, I will be able to show you all the secret places and amazing landscapes on the way to the wineries, as well as telling you about the history of wines from the Penedes.
I will then take you to the first organic winery, where a guided visit and first wine tasting of the day will be awaiting us.
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1:00pm Gastronomic lunch

In between both wineries, we will ride to a locals only restaurant for a fantastic gastronomic menu. Prepare to indulge in traditional Catalan gastronomy paired with delightful local wines from small producers (if you have any food intolerance simply add a request when booking).
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2:30pm Second Winery visit

In the afternoon we will ride to the second winery. Note that one of the two wineries will be a very small winery while the other will be a more established mid-size “boutique” winery. Both of them are family run and offering fantastic cavas and wines, produced only in very small quantities.
You will have a tasting of at least 2 organic wines in each winery. There will be at least 2 organic cavas to taste during the day to make sure you do not miss out on one of Catalonia’s culinary wonders.
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4:55pm End of the Penedes Wine Tour

After leaving the bikes, I will take you to the train station and guide you to your train.
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5:45pm Arrival in Barcelona

You will arrive in Barcelona full of great memories! Note: the tour is accessible from most places in Catalonia and especially easy to reach from the south and west of Barcelona.
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Public transport (train) is hardly recommended to get to the starting point. The tour is then realised on bicycle, or on e-bike for people that should need one to avoid using a car.

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All the wine tastings will be from the local wineries visited. The food served for lunch is always traditional, and most of the ingredients are sourced straight from small, local producers.

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All the wineries visited during the tour are organic.

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The guide, the wineries and the restaurant all have strict policies of recycling. All the plastic, glass and paper waste produced is recycled. Non-recycled waste for this activity is close to 0.

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Albert has been impulsing a project of connecting enotourism in his region to bike (and e-bike) visit. In an area where everyone uses cars, he developed a system to promote the use of bicyles. He has been able to install a bike rental in a train station, and he’s actually impulsing a project of connecting solar panels to the train station to provide renewable energy for the e-bikes.

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Tour Reviews

5 based on 12 reviews
Wes
12 April, 2016

This was one of the most magical days we had in our 40 years of traveling (and that includes several visits to Barcelona). It is a classic “words cannot convey” experience, riding through the famed Penedes wine producing region with Albert, an expert guide (indeed, from a fourth generation wine and cava producing family). Albert was, without exception, the most knowledgeable and affable guide we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and touring with, thoroughly familiar with the local wineries, the wine producing traditions of the Penedes, and simply one of the most cordial, considerate, helpful and fun person we’ve ever met.

And the tour, let’s put it simply: it was truly excellent!

We had a long and wonderful day, that left us with intensely fond memories of not only the people but also the land of the Penedes. We hope to be able soon to return and spend more time exploring this wonderful region.

Moltes grácies Albert for making it possible for us to experience the wineries and the towns of the Subirat area and Penedes region in a way not possible by any other means! It was truly a day we will never forget!!

7 December, 2015

During our 12 day trip to Barcelona me and my boyfriend wanted to get out of the city for a day and chose the Penedes Wine Tour. The booking was very smooth.
The tour was really well planned, we really loved Albert’s selection of vineyards. Everything was perfect and it ended up being our favorite day of the trip! We really appreciated visiting one larger vineyard producing a larger selection of wines and then another one much smaller, much more like a boutique vineyard specialized solely in cavas. It really was a great balance.

Albert was absolutely incredible! He was extremely passionate and knowledgeable and allowed us t learn so much. He was also very accommodating along the way. The tour included a delicious lunch with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Overall, I thought the tour was an insanely good value for everything that was included.
If you are considering doing a wine tour, then definitely book this one through Barcelona Slow Travel! The best of the best in authentic experiences!!

Katie
22 November, 2015

We’re so happy we had the chance to do the Penedes Wine Tour. IT IS A MUST DO! This all day bike and wine tour took us 45 minutes outside of Barcelona. We went with the local train to the countryside and Albert, our guide, met us right at the train stop. Very easy!
We then met with our group of 10 and biked through BEAUTIFUL Spanish wine country. This was a DREAM! The weather was gorgeous, the terrain beautiful. Albert is an amazing guide! We had so much fun! We visited two beautiful family run wineries, and we had an amazing lunch between the 2 wineries. It felt like a very special experience. I’m ready to go back whenever I can! Anyone traveling to Barcelona NEEDS to try it out, venture outside the city and do this tour.

Sarah
15 October, 2015

The wine and bike tour was perfect! We got to see the wonderful wine region in an active and intimate way. We went to two different vineyards. The first one was Albert’s family vineyard. There was no pressure to purchase and were welcomed into their space with open arms. We learnt a lot about growing and harvesting the grapes, as well as making the wine. We then hadto a traditional tapas lunch at a small local restaurant. Holy geez… the food we had there was probably one of the BEST tapas meals we had while in Barcelona. The waiter just kept bringing more food. And for dessert, the chocolate praline almonds… oh the almonds. Almost all of us on the tour ended up purchasing some to take home.

Tan
28 September, 2015

Albert, our tour guide, was friendly and knowledgable. The group that day was small & consisted of me, my husband & another fun lady. Albert picked us up from the train station in his van and immediately offered us some grapes from the area to try! He was really meticulous in ensuring that we were comfortable with our helmets and bicycles. We then rode through the small town and Albert entertained us with snippets of grape cultivating details and helped us take beautiful pictures. The first visit was to a small winery where we tried their cava and red wine. The lunch was a real gastronomic experience, the tapas were absolutely delicious, the wine tasty and the company really enjoyable. FYI dessert was a real treat. Those tiny chocolate almond snack were so good we even bought some from the shop.The second visit in the afternoon was to a larger, more established winery. There we had cava, white and red wines. Even though we missed the harvesting season it still was the best day we had in Barcelona. If you are looking for a more personal and authentic experience, go for this!

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