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Caves Freixenet Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
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Alt Penedès: a day in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia

In the Capital of Cava you’ll discover places linked to sparkling wine but also chocolate

By Xavier Amat
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How about a getaway to the Alt Penedès region, focusing on one of the best known towns and with the most attractions, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia? It’s the perfect outing if you don’t have your own car or prefer to leave it at home and use public transport, as for example you can reach the Capital of Cava by train, Rodalies de Catalunya line R4 to Sant Sadurní station, and explore on foot. Let’s get started.

IN COLLABORATION WITH BARCELONA ÉS MOLT MÉS AND THE DIPUTACIÓ DE BARCELONA.

CiC La Fassina
CiC La Fassina

CIC Fassina

A good way to start the day, once you leave the train, is to go to Freixenet Cava Corner, located under an archway of the modernista façade of the famous winery. You can have breakfast and, if you’re someone who doesn’t need a special day to enjoy a glass of cava, order one here. Having eaten the first meal of the day, go in and explore the building, which dates back to 1922. There are different tour options, even one that includes a trip by 4x4 Jeep through the surroundings; choose whichever suits best, and at the end of the day you’ll enjoy a cava tasting, while the kids are served grape juice.

Without leaving the world of sparkling wines, the next stop will be at the Cava Interpretation Centre – CIC Fassina, located in an old distillery built over two centuries ago. It boasts facilities that use state-of-the-art technologies and enable you, for example, to experience the Phylloxera Festival in large format or follow the entire process of a vine.      

Espai Xocolata Simón Coll
Espai Xocolata Simón Coll

Espai Xocolata Simón Coll

Having had lunch, the sweet-toothed among you will enjoy the tour of the Espai Xocolata Simón Coll. This is another emblematic and historic place in Sant Sadurní, which has been making chocolate since 1840! Today you can take a guided tour through its facilities, where you’ll be told where cacao comes from and how chocolate is made, and you’ll also see a reproduction of the traditional workshop. In the shop you can choose from over 400 different chocolate products!

If you still have time and energy, you can pop into in the Cal Feru wine shop, founded in 1934, where they sell prestigious local wines and cavas. They also promote wine culture by organising tastings and wine tourism activities.

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