Top things to do in Penedès Wine Country

Top Choice Winery in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia

Codorníu

There is no more glorious spot to sip cava than the vaulted interior of Codorníu's palatial Modernista headquarters, designed by Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, just beyond the northeast edge of Sant Sadur…
Top Choice Winery in Vilafranca del Penedès

Torres

Just 3km northwest of Vilafranca on the BP2121, this is the area’s premier winemaker, with a family winemaking tradition dating from the 17th century and a strong emphasis on organic production and renewable energy.…
Top Choice Catalan in Vilafranca del Penedès

Cal Ton

An evening of gastronomic wonder awaits at Cal Ton, going strong since 1982. From feather-light potato-and-prawn ravioli to cuttlefish rice and sirloin with truffle sauce, meals at this crisp modern restaurant exhau…
Winery in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia

Freixenet

The biggest cava-producing company, easily accessible right next to Sant Sadurní's train station. Book ahead for 1½-hour visits (in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German or Japanese) that include a tour of its 1…
Winery in Penedès Wine Country

Giró Ribot

Housed in beautiful farm buildings oozing centuries of tradition, this winery uses mostly local grape varieties to produce a limited range of fine cavas and wines (including muscat). Visits range from tours (€8) to …
Catalan in Vilafranca del Penedès

El Convent

This warren-like, modern-rustic tavern delivers well-executed Catalan specials such as Pyrenean entrecôte, wild-salmon carpaccio, goat's-cheese salad and a selection of fondues for two, along with tempting platters …
Winery in Penedès Wine Country

Jean León

Since 1963, this winery has been using cabernet sauvignon and other French varietals to create high-quality wines. Ninety-minute visits (in Catalan, Spanish or English) to the wonderfully scenic vineyard include a t…
Church in Vilafranca del Penedès

Església de Santa Maria

At the heart of Vilafranca's old town, this much-restored creation is one of Catalonia's earliest Gothic churches, begun in 1285. The exterior has mythic touches like fantastical animals and gargoyles peering from i…
Museum in Vilafranca del Penedès

Vinseum

School yourself on the history and cultural significance of wine in Penedès at this 17,000-item museum, housed in the medieval Palau Reial. The collection (detailed in Catalan, Spanish and English) pores over ancien…
Catalan in Vilafranca del Penedès

El Racó de la Calma

Popular with lunching professionals, 'the corner of calm' delivers subtly updated local cuisine courtesy of seasonally changing menus. Welcoming staff present elegantly prepped delights such as grilled tuna with tom…