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Torre del Veguer

Around Alt Penedès, from winery to winery

A getaway to discover the region’s wine in depth

By Xavier Amat
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Three wineries of the so-called Carretera del Vi are the visiting points of this getaway, in the region with a landscape of stocks and wine. The Carretera del Vi is an enotourism initiative of great historical and cultural value that goes through the former road that linked the Penedès vineyards with the Garraf beaches. It comprises 13 wineries of different sizes and styles, and you’ll also find other kinds of tourist attractions. Lovers of the world of wine have to do it at least once in their life!

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

Torre del Veguer
Torre del Veguer

Torre del Veguer

You’ll start the day in an outstanding winery located in an idyllic spot. This is Torre del Veguer, on the outskirts of Sant Pere de Ribes (Garraf region), an estate with a long history ‒ the fortified country house, with a stately appearance, dates back to 1359 ‒, which produces wines that already received awards in the 1888 Barcelona World Exposition! Just over two decades ago they began a new stage, producing quality wine using local varieties from Garraf, such as Xarel·lo and malvasia, Mediterranean such as Muscat and Garnatxa, and also from other origins, all 100% organic since 2016. On the guided tour they will tell you more about the history of the estate, and you’ll explore the vineyards and cellar, and try a white and a red wine. The exhibition of drawings in the room dedicated to Salvador Dalí, who was a close friend of the family, is also interesting. In the Torre del Veguer you can enjoy lunch with a great selection of wines.  

Finca Viladellops
Finca Viladellops

Finca Viladellops

You’ll head to Olèrdola to visit the Finca Viladellops, also with a long history: the current winery dates back to 1877. Since 2006 they have produced organic wines, and earlier, in 1999, they committed to modern viticulture and began planting vines with local varieties. The result, in the words of the estate’s managers, is delicate, elegant and harmonious wines, of sweet tannins with a fresh taste in the mouth. They offer guided tours throughout the year by previous appointment.

If it’s late and you want to spend the night in the area, the Carretera del Vi website provides extensive information about accommodation.

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Celler Parés Baltà
Celler Parés Baltà

Parés Baltà

Have you woken up feeling like visiting another winery or estate? Great! That’s an excellent idea because with the morning light the vineyards take on a special hue. We recommend that you go to Parés Baltà, a family winery dating back to 1790 and that produces organic and biodynamic wines. They even have sheep to fertilise the soil and bees that help pollinate and convey the Mediterranean essence of the grapes. Moreover, the winery’s visiting times are very generous: it’s open daily, except on some public holidays, from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.

You can visit the wineries of the Carretera del Vi by segway, bike or e-bike. Check here.

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