One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste the local food and drink of your selected destination. When I was planning my birthday trip to Barcelona, I had two things on my mind … tapas and wine. Perhaps I’m an alcoholic, but I thought there was no better way to get a feel for the local wine scene than by taking part in a tasting.
Sample Spanish Wine In The Heart Of Barcelona
As my time in Barcelona was limited to only 5 days and there were so many things I wanted to see and do, I was reluctant to take an excursion to towns and wineries outside of city limits that would take up the better part of a day to visit.
If you are interested in doing such a thing, head over to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia and Vilafranca del Pendés, both of which can easily be reached by regional trains in about an hour. Best of all, Vilafranca del Pendés is home to Torres winery which is reported to be one of the best wineries in all of Spain, and even the world.
Paladar D’Estruc Vinoteca
I was looking for a wine tasting that wouldn’t last more than a couple of hours and would take place in the city. Lucky for me, I was able to book such an experience through viator.com which promised a tasting of four Spanish wines in a small shop just off of Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona’s busiest and most central square.
A little tip, give yourself extra time to find this somewhat hidden street. As I’m somewhat directionally challenged, I did just that and ended up being the first person to arrive at Paladar D’Estruc Vinoteca for the tasting.
Arriving early turned out to be a good thing, as it gave me time to walk around the vinoteca and take photos. Stocked full of Spanish wines from both small and large producers across the country, you’ll find it hard to leave the tasting empty handed.
In the tasting area, you’ll also be able to take in artwork created by local artists.
Shortly after I arrived, I was joined by the rest of the people in my group. There were five of us in total and it turned out that we were all Canadian! There were two couples, one from a small ski village near Whistler and another from Montreal, both on their honeymoons. We had lots of fun talking about our time in Barcelona and our common love for Canada.
The tasting was led by a very lovely South American woman, the owner of the vinoteca, and resident wine expert. She gave us a brief overview of Spanish wine scene and taught us about fragrance, color, and tasting. We were treated to two white and two reds, which were accompanied by some light snacks.
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and one I’d recommend to others. It’s a perfect before dinner activity!
Good to Know
This tour is best for those who:
- Are in Barcelona for a only 2-3 days and don’t have enough time to visit wineries in neighboring towns.
- Are wine novices who want to learn more about the subject.
- Want to experience local wines.
If you’re not up to a wine tasting, how about stop by Paladar D’Estruc Vinoteca and purchase some wine instead? The owner will only be to happy to help you select a wine (or two) that fits your requirements. Afterwards, visit the nearby Boqueria Market on La Rambla, get some tasty fresh food and picnic at Park Güell.
As I mentioned already, finding the vinoteca isn’t easy. If you get lost, head back to Plaça de Catalunya and visit one of the many tourist information kiosks and ask for directions.