Who doesn’t want to take a weekend getaway to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city?
Sometimes you don’t have to go far away. Enology, culture, history, vineyards and gastronomy for all tastes just an hour away from Barcelona.
The Penedès in winter
During the coldest months of the year, we do not want to stay at home and stop doing activities. The Penedès is characterized by a privileged environment, whatever the time of year.
And no matter how cold it is, temperatures are usually moderate during the winter, especially in the sunny midday. So in general, it will not prevent you from enjoying routes, tastings and outdoor activities.
Here are 6 plans to make the most of your weekend getaway in the Penedès.
1 – Enjoy the scenery and wine tourism in winter
When you know what you want to visit in the Penedès, the first thing you should do is book a tasting and a visit to your favorite winery. Taste the essence of our Jean Leon wines by touring the vineyards where they come from, learn first-hand about their meticulous winemaking process and enjoy all their personality with tastings and pairings guided by our sommeliers.
2. Calçotada among the vineyards
Winter marks the beginning of the season in the vineyards of the Penedès. With the pruning, often the leftover wood from the vines is used to make a calçotada.
After a visit to a winery, there is no better plan than going to enjoy a meal with your friends and family to taste this traditional seasonal product and make a calçotada in the vineyards. In Mas Rabell you can enjoy some of the most typical dishes of the area, located in an incomparable environment.
This is the Catalan Wine Heritage Museum (Vinseum), located in Vilafranca del Penedès, a space designed for visitors to live and experience the culture of wine and everything that surrounds it.
Currently, the museum’s permanent exhibition is closed. While working on the assembly of the new exhibition, which will open in spring, they have a temporary exhibition “Alcem la copa!”. Which is a sample of the content that will be seen in the coming months. Admission to this exhibition is free.
In the VINSEUM museum you can discover the character of a territory, the Penedès, which for centuries has focused its activity on viticulture.
4 – Xató Route
One of the most traditional dishes of the area is the Xató salad. It is a sauce made from toasted almonds and hazelnuts, breadcrumbs with vinegar, garlic, oil, salt and the ñora pepper as a characteristic ingredient. This sauce accompanies an endive salad with anchovies, tuna and cod. Throughout the Penedès there are 5 different versions of this dish.
At La Posada Restaurant, sixteen minutes from the winery, you can enjoy many traditional dishes of the area such as Xató, as well as Jean Leon wines.
5 – XXIV Cava Jazz Season
From January 21st to May 13th the XXIV Cava Jazz Cycle will be held at Font – Rubí. This year we have made a selection of the most relevant groups of jazz music that combines various formations and styles.
- January 21 – EMAP Jazzband and La Harpo’s Band
- February 25 – Fredi’s Redi’s jazz Band
- March 25th – Wax & Boogie Quartet
- April 22nd – Los Krokodillos
- May 13th – Dani Nel-lo + organ Trio
All performances will be at 11 pm. For more information, you can consult the Font – Rubi website.
6 – Cheese and wine tasting at Xerigots
Our last proposal for an excellent weekend is to visit the Obrador de Xerigots, located in an old workshop of the nineteenth century, in one of the most emblematic streets of Vilafranca del Penedès, Comerç street.
They have a selection of high quality artisan cheeses, preserved, refined and served at the optimum point of consumption. The proposal for this visit is to know the process of refining the cheeses, the facilities and finish with a tasting of 5 wines accompanied by a table of 20 types of cheeses.
This is a small summary of the many plans that you can do this winter in the Penedès. If you want to know about more activities do not hesitate to consult the website of Penedès Turisme.