30 minutes from Barcelona and 15 minutes from the magnificent beaches of Sitges, the Penedès DO is the perfect combination of wine tourism, history, culture, hiking and art.
It is a DO that covers three areas: Maritime Penedès (Baix Penedès and Garraf), Upper Penedès (Alt Penedès, Alt Camp, Anoia and Baix Llobregat) and Central Penedès. The location has a privileged climate and perfect conditions for wine-producing. Among the varieties of grape found here are garnacha, syrah, monastrell, merlot, pinot noir and cabernet for the reds, and xarel·lo, macabeu, parellada, chardonnay and riesling for whites. The region offers the possibility of combining wine experience, tastings and wine workshops, staying in the actual wineries and discovering their history through the museums, castles -in Gelida, Mediona or Olèrdola- and the Iberian sites, such as Calafell and Olèrdola. Meanwhile, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia is an example of the impact of Modernism on the countryside. Bodegas, such as Las Cavas Codorníu, were built in this style, in a district that has been committed to winemaking since the 18th century. In Vilafranca del Penedès, also dotted with beautiful Modernist buildings by Santiago Güell, you can visit the Santa Maria Basilica, a Gothic building, built on an old Romanesque chapel with a bell tower used as a mirador viewpoint over the whole region.
Vilafranca, at the forefront of wine production
In Vilafranca del Penedès, one of the capitals of the traditional Castells, declared an Intangible Heritage designation by Unesco in 2010, you can visit the Museu de les Cultures del Vi (Wine Culture Museum), the first of its kind in the State, and in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, the Cava Interpretation Centre.