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The world of wine with the five senses in Alt Penedès

Cycle the Wine Walk on an electric bike and visit the Cava Interpretation Centre and the Espai Xocolata Simón Coll

By Xavier Amat
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Feel like cycling? Here’s a getaway in the region of vineyards ideal for lovers of two wheels but suited to all, as the bikes you’ll rent are electric. You’ll take the Camí del Vi or Wine Walk, in Vilafranca del Penedès, an easy path between the countryside and the town that enables you to explore the world of vineyards and wine with all the senses. Ready to go?

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

Camí del Vi Vilafranca del Penedès

Eight stops

Start at the Vilafranca del Penedès Tourist Office (Carrer d'Hermenegild Clascar) and follow a route of only 3.5 km to the Torre de les Aigües, also known as Torre de la Bleda, reflecting on the passage of time and its effects on people and nature. It can also be done on foot if you prefer but we thought it’s the ideal path to do on two wheels, also for children, so put on your helmet and discover it by bicycle. Along the route there are eight stops where you’ll find answers to questions such as how long vines have been grown in Penedès, how long it takes for wine to be ready, or the seasons of the vine. Along the path you’ll also see very colourful wine barrels and an analemmatic sundial, among other surprises! But above all you’ll be surrounded by vines, bare of leaves and fruit, in full bloom or ready to be harvested. It’s a changing landscape because, as you know, the vineyards look very different throughout the year.

Espai Xocolata Simón Coll

Amid cava and chocolate

You can enjoy lunch at the restaurant El Cigró d'Or (Plaça Vall del Castell, 17, Vilafranca del Penedès), a cosy and relaxing place open since 2002, which serves modern Catalan cuisine with local products. A cuisine with DO Penedès.

You won’t linger too long after eating, because before the day is out you’ll want to visit two very interesting places in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia. First, and inevitably in the cava capital, the CIC Fassina - Cava Interpretation Centre, 1,200 square metres in an old 1814 winery that tells the story of cava, how it’s made and the culture surrounding this drink, closely linked to festivals and celebrations. And second, to complete your getaway, the chocolate factory Espai Xocolata Simón Coll, open since 1840 and where today you can enjoy a guided tour, find out where cacao comes from and discover what an old workshop was like. You`ll leave Penedès with a great taste in your mouth!

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