Only a few people know but close to Barcelona is one of the largest wine regions in Spain, the Penedès. Easy to reach by train or car, it is one of the most visited wine regions for its proximity to the coast and tourist towns like Tarragona and Barcelona.
An accessible paradise for all wine lovers like me and you, today you`ll join me in this wine tour at the Penedès – The Spanish Toscana!
Sunset hour between grapevines. That`s my hotel in the back!
Look through a window and you`ll see vineyards to lose sight of under an infinite blue sky!
The Spanish Wines:
Spanish wines are first sorted by regions, and then by the type of grape. In practice, this means that wines from the same region may contain different types of grapes, and the composition is not always present on the label, which may be a bit more complicated when choosing a good wine here – do not worry, the Spanish wines are great!
The local grapes that would soon the turn into delicious wines!
The barrels of wine, stored underground to keep the best conditions for temperature and humidity.
I loved going for walks among the grapevines at sunset. The light was beautiful and the place so peaceful…
The landscape is just like you could find in Tuscany: Little villages surrounded by mountains and vineyards!
Mas Comtal is a small, familiar winery, what was really nice because since it was a small business the attention was totally personalized. We had a great wine tasting and the daughter of the owner spent a lot of time with us, explaining everything and telling the story of family and the property. It is essential to make an appointment for the tours.
The patio of Mas Comtal, a small family business with a lot of charm where we had a great wine tour!
The best part of the tour: Wine tasting!
The vineyards of Mas Comtal with the mountains of Montserrat at the distance.
The other wine tour we tried was the one in the Bodegas Torres , one of the biggest wineries in Spain. Our visit included a tour, an audio-visual presentation, an explanation of the winemaking process and a pretty delicious wine and cheese pairing (so you won`t get drunk!)
Bodegas Torres is among Spain`s biggest wine producers.
Wine and cheese pairing at Bodega Torres.
Where I stayed:
Mas Comtal hotel
The entrance of Mas Comtal hotel… I fell in love instantly!
They have a menu for dinner that in the warmer months can be served outside, in the garden. It was wonderful to eat surrounded by flowers, under the trees, with the house all lighten up in front of us. You can accompany the food with a variety of great local wines that they have. I had a delicious red to go with the tastiest ribs with honey sauce! We also had breakfast in the garden the next morning. The perfect way to end and to start the day!
In the summer the meals can be served in the courtyard. That`s where I had a great dinner!
The swimming pool of the hotel where I would relax after a day of wine tasting and exploring the Penedès!
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