Quite often, we receive requests from people visiting Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon or Porto, as to which wineries they can visit by train, taxi or foot. Our responses have commonly been, “Good question! And to be quite honest, I don’t know!” Well, maybe Porto is the exception, as you have a plethora you can get to, but the rest are rather iffy at best.
As mentioned in several articles on Catavino, enotourism in Iberia is rather primitive. Very few wineries even allow visits, less have someone speaking anything other than their regional language, and just a handful will actually go out of their way to make your transportation to their winery convenient and easy.
That said, we decided to do a considerable amount of research to find out which wineries are worth your time visiting while in Barcelona. To be frank, this was not easy! Fortunate for you, their wines are incredible, and their vineyards are stunning, so the lag (or lack thereof entirely) in communication was well worth the effort.
What I can tell you for certain, is that there are many wineries in Catalunya that are “generally” enotourism friendly. What does that mean? Good question, because I think this term is rather vague, as you can see from this article, but I will define enotourism friendly in the following way: able to speak multiple languages, convenient visiting hours, interesting tour, ability to taste their wines without paying a small fortune, opportunity to see the vineyard, child friendly services, capacity to purchase their wines in-house, free transportation from the train station, and most importantly, winery tours given based on your level of knowledge and expertise. Now, you’ll notice that I said “generally” enotourism friendly. This qualifier is key, because most wineries in Spain will not meet every single one of these qualifications. You may get someone who speaks English, but you’re required to book a visit months in advance. Or, there is a 30-minute winery tour, but no wine tasting or vineyard tour. You get the idea.
However, allow me to suggest a little tourism friendly advice: always email prior to your visit!! You might assume that you can swing by and say hello at any time, but this is not the case in either Spain or Portugal. Nor can you assume that every winery will meet your specific needs. Hence, my suggestion is to save yourself a headache and contact the winery prior to your big adventure with a specific list of your needs.
The Following Wineries Can be Visited from Barcelona by Train: (to purchase ticket, go to the Barcelona Sants Train Station)
40 minutes from Barcelona
- Rimarts (Sant Sadurni Station) 15 euros for tour and tasting; multi-lingual; multi-sized groups okay, 5 minute taxi ride
- Freixenet (Sant Sadurni Station) From 15 euros for tour and tasting; multilingual; multi-sized groups okay, within spitting distance of the train station
- Codorniu (Sant Sadurni Station) from 16 euros pp for tour and tasting; multi-lingual tours available, multi-sized groups okay, 25 minute walk or 10 by taxi
- Gramona (Sant Sadurni Station) price starts at 18 euros pp for tour and tasting depending on group size and type of tour; multi-lingual tours available; 15 minute walk
- Marfil Alella 8 euros for tour and tasting; hours fluctuate; language available dependent on size of group; bus available from train station
- Castellroig (Sant Sadurni Station): from 11 euros for tasting and tour: multi-lingual tours available, multi-sized groups okay; 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi to winery
- Can Feixes (Sant Sadurni Station) 150 euros per group for a visit, additional cost for tastings (6 euros/glass); multi-lingual; multi-sized groups; 15 min taxi ride from station
- Pages Entrena (Sant Sadurni Station) from 8 euros for tasting and tour: multi-lingual tours available; multi-sized groups okay; 15 min taxi ride
1 hour from Barcelona
- J. Miquel Jané (Vilafranca del Penedés Station) Wide offer of enotouristic experiences; multi-lingual; price for a group visit with tasting starts from 10 euros pp; 5 min taxi from train station.
- Pares Baltá (Vilafranca del Penedés Station) from 15 euros pp for tour and tasting; multi-lingual; multi-sized groups okay; 5 min taxi ride
- Torres (Vilafranca del Penedès Station) minimum of 12 euros pp for tour and tasting; multi-lingual; multi-sized groups available; 5 minute walk
1 hour 30 from Barcelona
- Josep Foraster (Montblanc Station) Tour and tasting from 5 euros pp; multi-sized groups okay; tours in many languages; 10 minute walk to winery
- Simó Palau (Montblanc Station) 3 euro tour & tasting; hours fluctuate; size of groups dependent on day; tours in French, Spanish and Catalan; 15 min walk to winery
- Rende Masdeu (Espluga de Fracola Station) tour and tasting from 2 euros; Spanish, Catalan and English; multi-groups; 5 min walk to winery
- Can Bonastre (Masquefa Station): tasting and tour from 10 euros per person; multi-lingual tours available; multi-sized groups okay; 5 minute taxi ride or 15 min walk
- Avgvstvs (El Vendrell Station) Wine and gourmet vinegar producer. Tour and tasting (wine and/or vinegar) starting from 9 euros pp; multi-lingual, multi-sized groups okay; 3 minute taxi ride
- Jane Ventura (El Vendrell Station): 8 euros for tasting and tour; multi-lingual available; multi-sized groups okay; located right next to the station
2 hours from Barcelona
- Celler de Capçanes (Capçanes Station) different types of visits; tasting 5 euros, tour and tasting from 10 euros pp (over 18 year olds only); English, Spanish and Catalan; 1 min walking from station
- Clos Figueres (Marçà-Falset Station): tasting and tour from 15 euros; multi-lingual tours available; 15 mins by taxi
- Costers del Siurana (Marçà-Falset Station) 25 euros for tasting and tour; multi-lingual; multi-sized groups; 15 min by taxi
- Ferrer Bobet (Marçà-Falset Station) visit and tasting 15 euros pp; English, Spanish and Catalan; 15 min by taxi
Finally, if you want to play it safe and would prefer to sign up for an organized English speaking guided tour then check out our page on wine tasting day trips from Barcelona for a cherry-picked list of experiences which we recommend.
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