Catalonian Wine Tasting

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.Catalonian Wine Tasting by Emma Eats & Explores

We were sent 4 wines to taste, a Sparkling one (Cava), a white, a rosé and a red.

Catalonian Wine Tasting by Emma Eats & ExploresCava

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!

Catalonian Wine Tasting by Emma Eats & ExploresWhite Wine

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!

Catalonian Wine Tasting by Emma Eats & ExploresRosé Wine

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.

Catalonian Wine Tasting by Emma Eats & ExploresRed Wine

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!

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64 Comments Add yours

  1. robin masshole mommy says:

    I am always looking for new wines to try. This sounds like a good one to me 🙂

  2. Keating Bartlett says:

    I’m sad that this is only open in the U.K.! Otherwise I would have shared it with my followers lol any giveaway that involves wine is a good one in my book!

  3. Gareth Torrance says:

    It’s always great to find new wines to try! I’ll be looking out for these!

  4. Wow hun, this looks fab, love the pictures, love the details. Amazing post thank you so much for sharing 🙂 x

  5. oh wow this looks amazing and i really love that platter , i may need that wine by the time ive finished the decorating x

  6. Sarah Bailey says:

    This looks like a fantastic event to be able to attend if you are a lover of wine. It seems like you had a very good time.

  7. Not had wine in ages! Promised to only drink for good reason as trying to lose weight for friend’s wedding (am bridesmaid). I notice i put on weight with drink and especially if hungover and eat rubbish lol however always nice to have odd treat;) x

  8. Bel says:

    So many details. I know nothing about wine tasting. I thought it was a fancy name for enjoying lots of wine but this looks good.

  9. Oooh a good wine read before bed! Thanks for the post, I’d love to visit this wine region one day.

  10. Elizabeth O. says:

    Catalonia sounds lovely, I’ve never visited and I would love to see it. It’s always nice to learn more about the wines that are available to us, this wine tasting is a lovely idea!

  11. momknowsbest15 says:

    A wine tasting would be so much fun. These look like good choices of wine.

  12. I’ve never been to Catalonia, but would love to visit one day. A wine tasting sounds like so much fun! I loved all the details you included about the wine. 🙂

  13. This giveaway is really cool. We love Spain and would love to be taken back with a local wine. Hope we win!

  14. eazynazy says:

    I don’t drink nor i will ever in the future. But i found this post interesting and will forward it in my friend circle

  15. Befitting Style says:

    Wine is soo divine! White wine is my fave!

  16. Shoshana Sue says:

    I would have wanted to stand a chance to win this fantastic giveaway but unfortunately I am not in the UK 🙁

  17. So many wines! I’m not a fan of wine but I know my parents love wine tasting x

  18. I do love a good glass of wine, such a great post to see! and you’ve added a few to my shopping list xo

  19. I am a massive wine lover, not an expert but a lover!!! This is my ultimate day out wine tasting and i would adore to visit a vineyard! Fab xx

  20. I have family who live in Catalonia and love the wine they bring over for us! x

  21. Joanna says:

    I would love to win a bottle of Torres Gran Vina Sol, I am a wine lover. I have just returned from Spain myself where I have tried a lot of different Spanish wines.

  22. Stressed Mum says:

    I have tried this wine in the past and it is lovely, it does look like you had a lovely time x

  23. I am not a big lover of wine, but this looks like it would be fun to indulge in. Any kind of food or drink tasting has me interested.

  24. I went on to a wine tasting once in California! It was fun, but I have to imagine that one in Spain is quite the experience!

  25. What a way to have an evening in, love wine tasting!

  26. Jen Gainer says:

    I loved Spain and wish we had know about this location. Guess it gives me a reason to go back, now I will have a whole new list of “must try” locations, thank you 🙂

  27. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Yay I entered, I am a wine fan and I would love to win! The Rose wine would be my favourite I think x

  28. This looks like such a fun thing to do! I have never been to a wine tasting before.

  29. annalisanuttall says:

    I can’t drink wine but I once worked in a wine shop and I would sipped on a few drop of wine!

  30. Jade Bremner says:

    I think I must be broken somewhere as I hate wine. I can drink rose with lemonade but that’s it. I’m the girl sat with either a fruity cider or a pint lol.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Ooooh wine is my passion – couldn’t imagine not liking it lol!

  31. danasiafantastic says:

    A girlfriend of mine lived in Catalonia for two years and absolutely adored it! I need to try these wines!

  32. I’m totally inspired to do a wine tasting now! I can’t enter as I live in the US but I will see which of these brands available here.

  33. Molly says:

    What a fun giveaway! Those wines all sound really great!

  34. Love your photos! I just followed you! I’m Chy from Her Lost Mango! 🙂 Would love to connect with you! I post about fashion and travel! Happy Friday! My London trip and San francisco trip is already up on the blog. Paris and Italy would be up soon too!Hope to hear from you! Take care! XOXO -CHY

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Hi Chy – Im off to Paris soon too (In April) and then Bordeaux and Northern Spain in June! Where did you go in Italy?

  35. My husband and I enjoy wine tasting events. It’s the best way to find new favorites.

  36. The Everyday Mom Life says:

    This looks like an amazing place and so fun! I would love to visit. Wine is my favorite!

  37. alisonrost says:

    What a fun giveaway! We’re big wine fans at our house and are hoping to win. My favorite would have to be the Cava

  38. I love wine tasting! I tweeted about the giveaway. Also, you´ve got the same theme as me! It´s always interesting to see other websites with my theme 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks kristy! The theme is great isn’t it – really modern

      1. Yep. Looks uncluttered as well. Plus, I always wanted a grid- style homepage. And it highlights my pictures as well.

  39. Angela Moore says:

    A lovely selection of wines, I tend to favour a Cava as I love a sparkling wine.

  40. Sarah Taylor-Fergusson says:

    Thank you for the travel tip-off which I shall store for future possibilities. Yes, the cava bottle is an Art Nouveau work of art, isn’t it? And thank you for the description “off-dry” as it describes very well what I often like in my white wines too, and was an obvious phrase I hadn’t thought of, but shall now use!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Yes, I’m not such a fan of the crisp dry wines but I don’t like sweet ones so off-dry really just means a hint more sweetness than a dry wine! Delicious!

  41. katyashadeofteal says:

    What a great giveaway! I could always use some more wine, especially from Spain!

  42. I do like a good bottle of wine and I am quite picky about which ones I will and wont drink x

  43. I love to attend wine tasting. I wanna learn more about wines, it’s an exciting experience

  44. Jennifer L says:

    Ohh this looks so good! I’ve been gradually getting into wine and I love finding more about different wines.

  45. I have travelled to Catalunya for many years and it is an amazing place to go. I have never thought about having a wine tasting party but it sounds like so much fun, one for the summer I think!

  46. bettybrico says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have never been a wine person but it’s always interesting to read about the experiences of people who are really into it…and Spain sounds amazing!

  47. Leah LS says:

    Wine tasting always sounds so sophisticated! I love champagne but don’t drink much wine x

  48. Wonderful post…cannot wait to try these wines..I wish the give a way was opened to US residents!!!!!!! Your trip sounds incredible!!!!

  49. Anosa says:

    Another one of a kind experience! I love wine and I definitely love trying this experience too!

  50. Oh your trip sounds fun 🙂
    I think I might see if I can get hold of that Rose, sounds divine!

  51. ChelseaMamma says:

    I love Cataluna but have only explored a small part of it so need to go back. I would love to go wine tasting

  52. I am not much of a wine drinker. However the event looks super fun, and the giveaway is going to make someone very happy!

  53. Euge Nia says:

    I love Catalonia, especially Barcelona and Catalonian wines! I’d love to win the Torres Gran Vina Sol bottle as I am a huge fan of white wine, I wish I lived in the UK 🙁

  54. nicol says:

    oh my, this makes me want to go and visit catalonia. i love cava and want some actually haha

  55. Rohan Gupta says:

    If i were you i will start from Red wine, its my favorite.

  56. Nina Bosken says:

    Wow. I live in Spain myself (Granada) and had no idea about this part of Catalonia. I’ve only ever been to Barcelona as far as Catalonia is concerned. And when I think of Spanish wine, I think of La Rioja first. So I will have to add this to my long list of places in Spain that I need to see. Also, I entered the giveaway!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I’m off to Rioja too in June so hopefully I’ll get some great wine there. The coast around Cadaques really is absolutely stunning – and not far from Barcelona – you should visit if you get the chance!

  57. This seems like the perfect Giveaway and Event for any wine lover!

  58. MaryAnne says:

    Honestly my husband loves wine, I am not a big fan of it. thanks for sharing

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