Last summer I spent time in Cadaques and Cap de Creus in Catalonia, Spain. We had such an amazing time in this beautiful part of the world, hiking, swimming, eating and of course, drinking the local wine. Hidden beaches you can only reach by swimming or kayaking, plenty of National Parks to Hike in and some amazing restaurants and bars made for one of my favourite holidays ever. We visited wine bars like Enoteca MF and tried a selection of their Catalonian Wines so I know a small amount about wines from that region.
I was thrilled when Inntravel reached out to me to send me some wines to host my own Catalonian Wine Tasting Party. They are promoting their range of holidays to Catalonia at the moment and I really do recommend you take a look at the area. It’s such a beautiful part of the world. We fell in love with Cadaques (and there’s some amazing pictures in my post).
The Penedès region produces some of the best Spanish wines available and is commonly known as ‘Cava Country.’ Inntravel offer ‘self-guided’ tours through the region which sounds absolutely fabulous – I’m a huge wine fan and love visiting vineyards and sampling local wines. To that effect I arranged an evening in, with some of the people who I spent time in Cadaques with to reminisce and taste some delicious Catalonian Wine.
We were sent 4 wines to taste, a Sparkling one (Cava), a white, a rosé and a red.
We started with the Cava which was a Codorniu Cuvée Barcelona Brut. It’s made in the ‘traditional method’ meaning the same way that Champagne is made (the wine is fermented once in a barrel with a second fermentation in the bottle). This gives a more buttery, toasty aroma and flavour to the final wine. The first thing that struck me about the Cava is how beautiful the bottle was. It really was a work of art. We popped the cork and could smell the toasty, honey aromas. On tasting, we got more of the honey along with pear and almonds. It was quite a complex wine and would be delicious as an aperitif. I can almost see myself on a sunny Catalonian terrace enjoying a glass of Cava before dinner!
Next up we tried the white wine which was a Torres, Gran Viña Sol Chardonnay. The wine was almost off-dry, with tropical fruit flavours like pineapple and peach. I loved this wine – I’m a big fan of off-dry wines and this was a great example. A percentage of the wine is also oaked so there were some toasty, nuttier flavours in there too – a great wine for seafood. Chardonnay is one of my favourite grapes as it can take a lot of oak – one of the flavours in wine that I’m very partial to so this ended up being my personal favourite!
After the white we tried the Rosé – Jane Ventura Rosat Seleccio. I’m not normally a fan of rosé wines with a colour this deep – it was definitely a deep salmon colour as opposed to a blush. I prefer the more Provençale style of rosé as it is much less sweet. This wine was fresher rather than sweet so I was pleasantly surprised. It had a definite red-fruit flavour with strawberries and raspberries coming through strongly. It’s a very easy drinking wine, perfect for a summer evening or with a light main course.
Finally we tried the red wine, the Albet i Noya Curio’s Tempranillo. Tempranillo is the grape that a huge proportion of Spanish wine is made from. This wine was light and fruity with a hint of oak. Plenty of ripe red fruit with cherry flavours and light tannins. A lighter red wine than I usually drink but perfect for a summer’s evening with grilled meat or fish.
So how did the wine tasting go – well the party was fairly equally split. But I think when we all discussed it, the Cava came out on top. Rich, buttery and delicious it could rival Champagne and is a great example of a Penedès Cava. It wasn’t an easy split though as each of the wines came top for at least one person! Now all I want to do is take another trip to Catalonia and go on one of Inntravel’s Wine-Tasting Holidays. It seems there’s so much to discover about Catalonian Wine that I have no idea about!