Penedes Wine Tour: Organic Cava and Wine Tour near Barcelona

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7 hours
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If you’re into wine, food and discovering local life, you’ll love our Penedes Wine Tour. We’ll take you to 2 small, beautiful and intimate family-run wineries in the heart of the locals’ favorite wine area, “El Penedes”. Together with your guide, a fourth generation winemaker of the Penedes, you’ll not only have (at least!) 6 tastings of the finest organic, small-batch wines and cava in a bucolic setting, you’ll also get to know the real people behind the cava and wine production in the Penedes.

 

During the whole day, you’ll learn about the local grapes and soil, as well as the process needed to elaborate the best wines and cava. All the wineries we’ll take you to are always 100% organic and you’ll also learn about organic winemaking. For lunch, we’ll take you to a local’s only restaurant to indulge in traditional flavors– prepare to feast like never before (our clients have sometimes told us that they got to meet friendly, influent winemakers of the area over lunch- we obviously can’t guarantee this will happen every time but we can guarantee you the meal will make it to the highlights of your day!).

The experience will start directly at the Penedes, where you will be given a nice, comfortable e-bike (electric bicycle) for the whole day. We have prepared a bucolic itinerary to ride through the vineyards of the Penedes, going through calm and safe small roads. This will be the perfect occasion to appreciate the tranquility of Barcelona’s nearby countryside, to feel the fresh breeze, admire fantastic landscapes and connect with the land. This tour is definitely a must for all those who wish to enjoy a local, sustainable experience, or for those who are looking for a unique food and wine experience for their stay.

DURATION 7 hours approx.
MEETING TIME 10:05 am
MEETING POINT Straight in the Penedes wine area. Option to come by train (only 45 minutes ride) or to organize a private car transfer from your accommodation.
Exact address and directions released upon booking.
GROUP SIZE Private experience- no min or max group size
LANGUAGES English, Spanish and Catalan on request
CYCLING CHARACTERISTICS
– Difficulty: easy/medium
– Distance: 8-12 Km (depending on the group)
– Terrain: hilly (we offer e-bikes for a more comfortable ride making it easy for everyone. Avid bikers, please request a regular bike)
INCLUDED
Full day private guided tour
Electric bicycle, helmet & bottle of water
2 Organic Winery Visits (you may join a small group visit, always with an English speaking guide- please request exclusivity if needed)
At least 4 Organic Wines + 2 Organic Cava tastings
Gastronomic menu at a local restaurant (there will be plenty of great traditional food!)
Wine pairing for lunch
NOT INCLUDED
The transportation is not included in the price. We recommend taking the train from Barcelona to get to the meeting point, which can be reached with an easy 45 minutes train ride (cost: 4€ each way). We offer detailed instructions to take the train (closest train station, schedules of the train, etc…) after booking. Alternatively, we can also provide you with a private car transfer with pickup and dropoff from your accommodation.
Guide’s gratuity, always graciously accepted.
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 (We have a minivan that can be used as a backup, should the day be rainy, or if someone can no longer ride a bicycle).
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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Public transport (train) is 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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Our guide 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
1 May, 2018

This review is long, long over due. It was absolutely the highlight of our trip. I was traveling with my son and we had a series of transportation issues the morning of our Penende Wine Tour. Frantically we called Albert fearing we missed the tour. Albert was incredibly calm and accommodating. He figured it all out so we could join our tour without any interruptions to the other guests. The day far exceeded our expectations. I’ve been on many wine tours over the years and didn’t expect to learn as much as I did at these fabulous wineries. The choice of wineries were different and thoughtfully selected. The lunch …. I don’t even know where to start. The food was wonderful, all local and fresh. We had such a fun day and would highly recommend this trip. I’d do this tour again in a heartbeat. Albert, your kindness that day was not forgotten. Thank you, Donna & Peder

Tracy Hallett
3 January, 2018

Wish I had booked two tours!

We spent the week of Christmas in Barcelona and my family of five (three grown young men age 20 plus) will say that the day we spent with Albert in the Penendes Wine region learning about the organic wines and cavas was their favorite day of all. Albert’s communication, organization and knowledge was superior. There was not a question he could not answer most thoroughly. The biking was fun, even for 60 year olds and not too strenuous if one is in a bit of shape. My three boys were thoroughly intrigued with the information and completely entertained by Albert and the other most gracious hosts at the vineyards and local restaurant where we were all served more than gracious plenty of delicious, local tapas.

Originally, I was concerned about booking this trip in December but then I read a review from another family of five from last December confirming that it was a wonderful trip. Thanks to that review, I booked our trip, so I want to reconfirm that our weather was perfect and a light weight vest was all that was needed.

Over the years we have found that biking and bike tours are the most interesting way to learn about the area as one is able to cover more ground than walking but still feel connected to the surroundings. This Slow Barcelona Tour, however, has added yet another layer. Going forward, we will try to find more local tours, run by people who are passionate about their area just like Albert. We, too, were so engaged, that we missed our train and Albert insisted on driving us to the next town to catch a train that ran more frequently rather than have us wait.

I am thrilled that we and my three boys will always look at a Spanish wine or cava ( especially the organic ones) from the area and have a personal knowledge about it.
Albert, many thanks for a day we will cherish and all the best to you, your family and your partner as your business grows!

My only regret of the week is that we did not go ahead and book the Market and cooking tour as well!

David and Jill Clodfelter
18 April, 2017

This was the ultimate, one-day, tour experience. The Penedes wine country is beautiful, the family-run wineries we visited are authentic and produce only premium cavas and wines, and the winery owners and associates who conduct the in-depth tours and tastings are passionate and hospitable. And the accompanying tapas lunch was a sensory feast beyond anything one would imagine encountering. Albert – our tour guide – was unbelievable; his knowledge, passion and charm were off the charts. This had to be our favorite tour of all time, and the best travel value we have ever experienced (the tapas cooking experience that we did with Barcelona Slow Travel would be a close second). If you are going to be in the Barcelona area for a couple of days or longer, this tour has to be #1 on your agenda of things to do. It is simply a fantastic experience that you can’t get anywhere else.

Rudi
17 January, 2017

Fantastic guide, georgeous cava, beautiful scenery, interesting stories&history, delicious food experience, easy bike ride (especially with E).
A remarkable one-day tour I recommend to everybody who intends to come home from Barcelona with a unique experience.

John, Mimi, Avery, Benjamin, Chas and Meg
31 December, 2016

We booked our Penedes wine tour before heading to Barcelona after seeing the tour on Barcelona Slow Travel’s website (we also booked the tapas cooking class). We had a terrific day!! The weather was crisp so the initial ride up the hills and through the vineyards was a great warm up. For the e-bikers in the group they cruised up with ease while the rest of us earned our tasting after we arrived at the beautiful Albet I Noya winery. Anna, our personable and knowledgable host, gave us a very informative tour and shared with us the winery’s storied history while we sampled some terrific wines. We then had a short downhill trip to a wonderful traditional local meal. Our hosts were extremely gracious and seemed to enjoy our group as much as we enjoyed the food and their hospitality. After lunch, we had a fast downhill trip to the Guilera cava winery. Marta, our fourth generation host, gave us a tour and shared the family’s history of making cava in the traditional manner. The cava we tasted was superb and a fitting way to finish our day. Albert our guide, founder and owner of the experience could not have been more friendly, knowledgeable and personable. He shared with us a great deal about the history of the Penedes region, the wineries and wine makers. His passion for wine, sustainablilty, and care for the comfort of his clients was clear. We had a truly great experience and would highly recommend this trip as a way to enjoy the wines of the region. The ride was very manageable if you like to cycle and the e-bikes were terrific if you want to relax the whole way. We can’t recommend this trip more highly!

Olivier
2 November, 2016

What a good idea visiting cavas by bicycles,or, better yet, by electric bicycles which are particularly convenient for a relaxing trip through wonderful countryside.
Meeting the owners in their properties is an unforgettable experience, which enhances the pleasure of tasting delicious wines of various “cépages” produced in a sustainable way.

Denny
30 May, 2016

We booked the Barcelona Slow Travel Penedes wine tour prior to heading to Barcelona and we were NOT disappointed!! The train ride to go to the area was cool and then we met David, Albert’s assistant. He was very knowledgeable about the area, the wine and Spain in general. We biked through the vineyards (get the eBikes, WAY worth it!). Our guide stopped along the way to explain about the vines and how to grow them plus many more details on the Penedes region. We then stopped at a small family run vineyard to sample wine and learn about wine making. That was incredible.And just when we thought that it could not get any better; it actually did! We went down the road to a quiet village of 600+ and had the absolute BEST tapas lunch. It went on forever. In the afternoon we visited another vineyard and the wine maker showed us a larger batch wine making (and we did more sampling). Sadly then we went back to Barcelona as this was the end of the tour… By all means…DO THIS TOUR IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE!! You won’t be disappointed. Ask for David or Albert so as to make sure you have an incredible experience.

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 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. He 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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