The Ultimate Cava Wine Tour in Spain

The making cava, or Spanish sparkling wine, is a fascinating process that involves years of cultivation, months of fermentation and hundreds of hours of man power in order to produce this delicate product. We recently visited Sant Sadurni d’Anoia – a small town in the Penedès region of Catalonia known for being the epicenter of cava production.

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Located just a short drive from Barcelona, Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is a charming town with excellent bodegas and fantastic restaurants. On our cava wine tour, we stopped at Codorníu, Colomer and Freixenet. While each has a distinct product, all are equally delicious.

Watch the episode about our cava wine tour below.

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Codorníu, which is the oldest of the three, is the oldest family business in Spain.

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The bodega is situated on a sprawling lush property and features beautiful modernist buildings that reflect the family’s entrepreneurial spirit. A tour of the old bodega reveals giant wooden barrels and antique machinery.

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Colomer is a family-owned business that has been around since 1943.

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Choosing quality over quantity, its mission has always been to cater to the local community. Colomer’s award-winning cavas are crisp and rival those produced by any of the larger bodegas in the area. When you’re there, you’re treated like family.

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La Cava d’en Sergi is undoubtedly the best lunch spot in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. Known as the best restaurant in town, Chef Sergi Torres takes diners on a culinary ride through his vision of Catalan fusion food. The service is excellent, the venue is bright and airy, and the menu changes with the seasons. It’s a must!

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Next stop on our cava wine tour is Freixenet, the label that put cava on the map for Americans and Eastern Europeans.

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Freixenet sells over 100 million bottles a year, with sales peaking during the Christmas season. Their underground network of tunnels is both extensive and impressive – something I have never seen! You’ll need to take a small train to get from one end to another. Freixenet is undoubtedly the world’s most popular cava brand and one of the best tours I’ve had the pleasure of taking.

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So if you grow tired of bustling Barcelona, make the short drive or take the train to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia for the ultimate cava wine tour experience. You’ll leave with a greater knowledge and deeper respect about the cava-making process and what it means for the culture of the region. And don’t forget to tell them that David Hoffmann of Davidsbeenhere sent you! ¡Salud!

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Have you ever been on a cava wine tour? Do you have a favorite cava? Tell us about it. Leave us a comment below!

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