Barcelona has something for everyone including wine lovers. Today the trip will focus on learning more about wine making. Explore the life of Jean Leon at the Jean Leon’s Wine Cellars and his wines before heading to the Torres Wine Cellars. After learning more about the Torres family, you explore the vineyard of Mas La Plana in a small train as you learn the process of wine making from the early days. After learning about different kinds of pruning at the Torres Wine Cellars, you will proceed to the Codorniu Winery to learn more about the origin of cava. The winery is over 450 years old and here you will have a chance of tasting a glass of Reserva Codorniu. Throughout the tour, you have an English assistant and transport is in a comfortable air-conditioned luxury saloon bus.
What you can expect
Depart for a full day trip to discover the world of wine and Cava in Spain as you visit three wine producers. You will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned luxury saloon bus and will have an English assistant throughout the tour. The tour starts at the Jean Leon Winery which is a member of the Torres Group. At these small boutique wine cellars you enjoy a guided tour as you learn more about the process of wine making and about Jean Leon’s life. You get to visit the museum, the cave underground as well as watch a video presentation and visit a garden. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy snacks and a single vineyard glass of wine.
You will then proceed to the Bodegas Torres where you will not only gain insight into the life of the Torres family, but you will also learn more about winemaking process and tour the Mas la Plana vineyard as well as the production plant in a small train. You enjoy a multimedia presentation of the life cycle of wine as you learn the process of wine making process since the early days. The process involves the cultivation of the vineyard, the harvesting of the grapes and the bottling of the wine. There are underground cellars and aging barrels that hold the wines. With a guided tour of the cellars in English, you will not miss out on anything. Learn more about the cycle of a vineyard as you tour the vineyard garden and two different cellars. This is also where you learn about the variety of pruning methods depending with the season.
In spring, the vines start to bud and flower. Non-pesticide is done at this point as the leaves and the branches start growing. This is when the blooming and the formation of the grapes take shape. In summer, the grapes continue to grow as they slowly ripen and yeast start forming on the grapes’ skin. It is in the fall that they are harvested. They are different types of harvesting and visitors can enjoy grape tasting. After the multisensory wine experience, savor on a brunch and taste some of the two wines.
The third cellar to visit will be the Codorniu cava cellars which date back 450 years ago. Due to its age, it is one of the world’s oldest family owned companies and the oldest in Spain. You learn more about the history of the oldest cava cellar in the world and its cava production during the guided tour of this modernist winery. You enjoy an audiovisual, learn the history and heritage of the Codorniu family, visit the Celler Gran (Museum and Winery) and also the Codorniu winery gardens. You are welcomed to the Cathedral of Cava and you will enjoy and an Art Nouveau Tour. In the year 1976, the architectural work of Josep Puig i Cadafalch was declared as a Historical-Artistic Monument. Boarding a train, you will explore the underground cellars where you will sample Reserva Codorniu which is an exclusive cava and you also get to taste some sweets at the Capitular Saloon. You will then board the luxury salon bus for a trip back to the starting point in Barcelona as hotel pick-up and drop-off is not included in the tour cost.