Exploring Spanish Wine Country – Prosecco has long held the top spot for wine lovers, but Cava’s been pushing them out of the spotlight as of late. Rioja is a close second in the “most drinkable reds” category. Ready to find out for yourself where the Spanish grow the best grapes? Get your passport and book your flights. There’s no better time than the present to see Spain’s best winemaking areas.
Start in Barcelona, the metropolis by the sea that’s best known for breathtaking arts, delicious cuisine, and mouth-watering bottles of Cava. The majority of Barcelona’s wineries are no further than an hour outside city limits, so renting a car upon arrival is a great idea.
The sweeping estate of Cavas Cordorniu is just 45 minutes away from Barcelona. The winemaking estate is known throughout the world for its sparkling vintages, and the winemaker’s current lineup spans multiple ages and varietals. Their Anna de Cordorniu is their best-known Cava – crisp but gentle, effervescent, and delicately floral. They’ve got winemaking down to a science, and it’s no surprise – the families who started Cavas Cordorniu were the first in Spain to implement the French’s methods in 1872. It was this method coupled with the exquisite grapes grown in Spain that resulted in their champion cava.
For chic accommodations, consider Hotel Balmoral. This sleek boutique is set atop Vila de Gracia. For even more upscale digs, check out Ohla Eixample. This five-star hotel has a rooftop pool and restaurant with Michelin star status.
You might not have any room left after all the Cava and delicacies, but the “calles” of Gracia offer incredible tapas crawls. You’ll enjoy the perky atmosphere as you sample various vermouths at any one of Gracia’s local pubs, such as Lo Pinyal, La Verma, or Vermuteria Lou.
When you get back to the city, try dinner at Barcelona Milano. The eclectic blend of Italian cuisine and homemade Catalan dishes is second to none.
Don’t forget to leave time for all the incredible museums, arts, and architecture that make Barcelona so inviting. Brush up on your Spanish so you can ask, “What’s the quickest way to the Cava?” at least once.
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