Explore the best wine tours in Barcelona


Barcelona is slowly and carefully reopening to tourists over the summer months, like the other cities in Spain, as the country looks to rebuild its tourism sector. This move will not only see more visitors to the city of Barcelona, but also a return to many activities and companies that have been halted by the pandemic. Therefore, in order to look forward to the easing of measures, we have decided to show you some of the best wine tours in Barcelona. The whole region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital, is notorious for its Cava. Read on to discover what else is on offer for you to try out on your return to Barcelona, where many wine tours await you.

Montserrat

Usually recognised for its majestic monastery, Montserrat is also home to many vineyards, as the local producers benefit from its rich surroundings and make some amazing wine from the grapes grown here. Of the other names on this list, doing a tour here gives you a chance to explore the mountains and the surrounding area, allowing you to take in some of the greatest views in Catalonia. You can tour around the monastery or just wander leisurely from the train station and enjoy a day out from Barcelona. Once you have finished exploring this magical spot, you will be able to have a tour of the Oller del Mas, one of Catalonia’s most famous wineries. In a very traditional and historic setting, you can wander round the vineyards here, before sampling their produce. As you try the specially selected wines, you will be able to enjoy their tapas menu, giving you a memorable wine tour in Barcelona that will leave you with some great stories.

Codorníu

Another great choice for your next wine tour in Barcelona is Codorníu. Like Montserrat, you can take a day trip to this lovely town that gives you the chance to enjoy a combination of arts, architecture and wine! We’d strongly suggest spending your time exploring the Cava cellars. You can also visit the vineyards and gardens that surround this fantastic spot. This experience will allow you to break free from the fast-pace of holidaying in Barcelona. Codorníu is not too far from the city, and is easily reached by Renfe trains that run from Plaça Catalunya and Sants Estació. Once you arrive here, you will go to the building and heart of the wine tour, which boasts some 460 years of history. From here your journey will begin, as you learn about the growing process, the history of the region and why Codorníu is as well-regarded for wine production as it is. An adventure awaits!

Penedès Region

As you will know by now, Catalonia is mostly famous for its amazing Cava. However, the Penedès Region gives you an opportunity to try something different. This wine region in Catalonia is well known for its white wine that comes from its some 150 vineyards, making it recognised on an international scale! Penedès therefore makes for another ideal location to take a private tour of some of the vineyards and wine producers. One of the most unique parts of doing a tour here, is that you can rent a bike and undertake an eco-wine-tour in Penedès! You will follow a guide who is an expert in wine production here, as you cycle to and from vineyards, learning about the area and the wines that are made here. Once you are ready for a break, you can call in at one of the local production spots and sample their wine! This is another amazing experience that is perfect for wine lovers. You will leave Penedès with nothing but fond memories and a yearning to come back!

El Moli tour

The El Moli tour is another way for you to get to know more about wine from Catalonia. Being located in the Penedès region, it gives you an opportunity to learn everything there is to know about the longstanding history of Cava production in the area. Undertaking an El Moli tour gives you the opportunity to have a go at contributing to the Cava process, making this one of the most interesting and hands-on wine tours in Barcelona. Another benefit of doing an El Moli tour, is that you will get to meet Paddy Mannion, a wine writer and curator who will enhance your tour to no ends. His expert knowledge will be there for you to learn from him and get to ask about any wine-related question you have, he will be more than happy to help you learn about his passion. In addition, the El Moli tour includes a trip to the vineyard, the storage cellars and finish with a barbecue, where you can try the local delicacy of Calcots. It is also worth noting that there is a guest house here where you can stay for a couple of nights, whilst you immerse yourself in wine culture!

Wine tasting in the Gothic Quarter

If you would rather try some of the best local wines from Catalonia in the comfort of the city centre, then you’re in luck. Found around El Born, you will be able to easily find some spots to try wine in Barcelona. Our recommendation is ‘La Vinya del Senyor’, which is a very traditional and inviting restaurant that is famous in the city for its selection of wines. They offer a wine experience that is frequented by wine lovers from all over Barcelona. It is located next to the Santa María del Mar basilica, which gives you a great view of this historic monument as you enjoy sampling the wine. Whether you are looking to get out into the vineyards of Catalonia, or sample the produce here, in the city centre, you will have a more than memorable time when following the tips from this article, we hope you enjoy!

Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering over one thousand short and long term apartments across Barcelona.

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Comments (13)

  1. Sue says:

    Much as I enjoy my holidays in Barcelona which is one of my favourite cities in Europe it is sometimes good to get away from the bustle of a busy city for a day. Wine is also one of my great loves do a trip to a winery would be heavenly for me.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your reply, we really appreciate it!

      Yes, sometimes city life can have the reverse effect on an intended ‘relaxed holiday’. Therefore, we thought best to show how you can use the area to your advantage… by taking a wine tour! We are living in a time where people love to see where their produce comes from, and wine is the perfect example of this.

      We hope you get to return and visit your favourite city in Barcelona!

      Best wishes
      Owen
      On behalf of Sandra and the rest of the team at AB Apartment Barcelona

  2. Caroline Bartlett says:

    I can’t think of a more atmospheric place to do some wine-tasting than in the Gothic Quarter. I must remember to search out this great experience when I next head to Barcelona.

    • Kenny Ralph says:

      I’ve done wine tours all over the world, I think they are a good way of slowing down and appreciating wherever you are. The local vintners are always proud of their local terrain and how it produces their wine. There’s nothing like a few sips of wine for promoting slow travel and all the benefits it brings.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Dear Caroline and Kenny,

      Thank you both for your contributions!

      Yes, the emblematic nature of the Gothic Quarter is certainly a fantastic way to try wine! With so many bars that stock locally produced wine, you need to try out their goods on your next visit to the city.

      As Kenny rightly pointed out, taking a wine tour is the ideal way to prolong your time when you’re in a new city or country.

      We hope you both get the chance to enjoy a wine tour in, or around Barcelona.

      Best wishes
      Owen
      On behalf of Sandra and the rest of the team at AB Apartment Barcelona

    • Vernon says:

      As this is Spain and Barcelona I’m hoping that there might be some tapas getting itself involved with the wine tasting? A few tapas always be I know that Spain has made many great contributions to world civilisation and culture but in my humble opinion tapas has got to be one of Spain’s greatest gifts to mankind.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi there Vernon,

      Thanks for your reply- we really appreciate it!

      Yes, rest assured, there will be tapas available at most of these tours. From manchego cheeses, to local chorizo, most of these establishments will offer local produce as it makes sense for them to do so! Buying in bulk from nearby farmers and producers, gives them great tapas at affordable prices.

      We have to agree that tapas is up there as Spain’s most recognisable contribution to the world of cuisine!

      Thanks again,
      Owen
      On behalf of Sandra and the rest of the team at AB Apartment Barcelona

  3. Alex says:

    I’ve done a small day trip to Montserrat while we stayed in Barcelona a couple of years ago. I’d highly recommend it. We actually got to take in quite a lot of the scenery on the drive up and around because we took a coach tour, but the downside to that was the little time left to actually explore. We did learn a bit about the vineyards and I think, though I wouldn’t swear to it, that the same company did tours that included vineyard excursions and winery tours. How far is El Moli from the heart of Barcelona? I’ll have to check that one on Google maps. We certainly wouldn’t say no to going back one day but perhaps hiring a car to be more flexible in terms of what we do or pre-planning the tours a bit more so as to make the most of the time. We didn’t want to squash too much in when we were there but we couldn’t help but think of all the things we wish we could have had time for when we returned home.

    Hopefully it won’t be too long before normality starts to return and the virus is a thing of the past. It must be very peculiar to see Spain very quiet at this time in what would be the lead up to a very busy summer season, and I’m sure the lack of business hasn’t helped anyone. Fingers crossed better days are ahead. I quite fancy me a glass of vino now!

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Alex,

      Thank you for your insightful contribution, we appreciate it greatly!

      It sounds like you had a great time at Montserrat, the scenery here is amazing. As for El Moli, it should take around 45 mins- 1 hr from the city centre.

      Yes, I think the same- hiring a car gives you more control on what activities to focus on. In the same way, it allows you to spend more time in one area that you are enjoying more. Time is always the most important part of any holiday to Barcelona!

      We hope so too. Spain in lock-down has been a great challenge to the way of life here. Nonetheless, the ‘never say die’ attitude of its people will always champion whatever challenge comes its way. Communities grow stronger in these times, and we will one day look back on the work we all did to keep our society great.

      Best
      Owen
      On behalf of Sandra and the rest of the team at AB Apartment Barcelona

  4. Erin says:

    This really sounds like such a rich experience, to visit Barcelona and try the wines there. I have only been to Italy in Western Europe, but I really want to try Spain. Madrid and Barcelona seem like great places for traveling. And I’m a beach city type of person, so I’m sure I’d love it there. It’s tough waiting for everything getting back to normal for travelers!

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Dear Erin,

      Thanks for your comment- we really appreciate it!

      I agree wholeheartedly that this provides a rich experiences, if you enjoyed doing it in Italy then I’m sure you’d love it in Barcelona.

      Being able to catch the high-speed AVE train between Barcelona and Madrid is useful to know, as you can spend a day in either place.

      Yes, the situation for travelers is not very ideal, however health is always the most important factor to us! That is why our articles on here during these times are aimed to get you planning and excited for the day when you can travel freely again.

      Best wishes
      Owen
      On behalf of Sandra and the rest of the team at AB Apartment Barcelona

  5. Will says:

    Catalonia sounds really nice. One of the things I like best about these places is the beauty of the landscapes. They remind me of Spanish paintings or Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, a beautiful one-of-a-kind place. I can only imagine for now what it must be like to try wines in a beautiful country like Spain.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Dear Will,

      Thanks for your comment- we really appreciate it.

      Yes, the landscape of Catalonia is unlike no other in Spain. Creating magical views for all who visit.

      We hope you get to try wines here in Spain, especially Barcelona. As you can read here, there are many spots waiting for you to try!

      Best
      Owen
      On behalf of Sandra and the rest of the team at AB Apartment Barcelona

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