A popular day trip from nearby Barcelona, the Penedes region produces some of the region’s best wines and cava, or sparkling wine. Penedes is home to more than 300 wineries, many with scenic mountain backdrops and some of which were built in the modernista style. The area’s proximity to the Mediterranean coast and protection by nearby mountain ranges, along with rich native soil, creates microclimates perfect for growing grapes and producing fine wines. A journey through Penedes means Spanish countryside dotted by farmhouses and small family vineyards.
Perhaps the most famous product to come out of Penedes is cava — over 90% of the country’s sparkling wine is made there. Red, white, and rose wines are all produced in the region as well. Pair a glass or two with some local Catalan foods for a taste of Catalunya. Visiting Penedes is a chance to taste cava right at its source.
Penedes is a 45-minute journey from Barcelona. To get there, take the Renfe train from Plaza Catalunya or Estació de Sants.