By Nancy Todd Comments: Negu, The Blogdog
I love Barcelona. But, I long to breathe air that doesn’t sting my nose and yearn to see something Green. Anything Green. More Color. Stare at bees with their jodphurs of pollen and watch animals with flapping wings. Toss down a few copas de vino, watch the red poppies sashaying, and it is a perfect day. The rolling wine region of Penedès is on my list for Green and here are 7 reasons why.
1. Penedès is the beautiful, hilly wine country near Barcelona and only 20 miles away. Speckled with traditional farm houses,villages, castles, and wineries, it is a great day trip.
2. There are over 270 wineries surrounding the city of Vilafranca del Penedès and the l’Alt Penedes region. Many are open on Sunday.
3. Take your pick of the big guys like Torres or Cordorniu or the small bodegas that are less commercialized. Taste your way down country lanes. Cava, which is what the Spanish call champagne, is also made in Penedès.
4. Learn more about wine making at Vinseum, The Museum of Wine Cultures of Catalonia. Housed in an a palace in Villafranca, you can conclude the trip with wine and tapas in a local restaurant.
5. Stroll the historic center of Vilafranca with it’s Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria and two palaces. Art nouveau buildings steal the show for me. Always have, always will.
6. Fireworks, human towers, and lots of food are part of La Festa Major, The Big Festival. Parades consist of noisy medieval bands, the giant people and huge dragons. Held in late August in the plazas of Vilafranca del Penendes.
7. The Castle Route takes you on a road tour of Christian and Muslim castles from the 10th and 11th centuries.
Bike, hike, or by car, Green calls in Penedès.
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Where are you favorite wines and wine regions in Spain?