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Cava Wineries to Visit?

ktmoomau Apr 24, 2007 06:54 AM

We are planning on driving through cava country one day of our trip to Barcelona in early June. Does anyone have any suggestions for good ones we should definately check out?

Thanks!

  1. RyanOpaz Apr 26, 2007 12:10 AM

    Make sure you go on a weekday and then make sure to call ahead! WAY AHEAD. Drop in visitors rarely get much of a tour. Lots to see though and Sant Sadurni is the place to start. Remember too that you are in the Penedes and there are lots of great wineries that you could visit that don't make Cava.
    If you up for a nice lunch at a picturesque site, visit Can Bonastre. They just opened a wine spa that overlooks Montserrat. I stayed there the first week they were open while visiting a bunch of wineries. Great place and in the heart of it all.

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    1. re: RyanOpaz
      ktmoomau Apr 30, 2007 05:30 PM

      Thanks to both for the suggestions. We are going on a Wedneseday and have booked visits at three sites Freixenet, Codorniu in Sant Sadurni and Jean Leon (they all had online tour reservations). I am also hoping to maybe dine at the location you posted it doesn't seem to far away.

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        dcskinsfan Sep 23, 2011 11:33 AM

        My wife and I will be visiting the region in October. How did your Cava experiences end up?

        1. re: dcskinsfan
          kerwintoronto Sep 23, 2011 11:57 AM

          Not strictly speaking a Cava experience but I highly recommend doing a tour at Pares Balta. It is a little family winery that I lucked upon when taking a day off on a business trip to Barca.

          Happy travels and drinking.

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            Luna2308 Sep 26, 2011 09:38 PM

            Hello everybody,
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          2. re: dcskinsfan
            Sue Style Sep 25, 2011 12:22 PM

            perfect timing, October in Catalunya - for a memorable cava visit, make an appointment at Recaredo in Sant Sadurní (cava capital), legendary, family-owned, biodynamic estate making long-aged cavas, some from single vineyards. Agusti Torello, Gramona, Juve i Camps, Raventos i Blanc also worthwhile. Then go and have lunch at Restaurant U in Les Gunyoles, outstanding food and encyclopaedic wine list. In same village is a great little winery, Mas Candi, recently constituted by 4 young partners. For more info, Nico James, Brit-German resident in Penedes, importer and wine guide, is your man, nicojamessl@gmail.com

            1. re: Sue Style
              primitivecinema Sep 26, 2011 11:30 AM

              We're headed that way too, second week of October, was planning on touring Codorniu in Sant Sadurni before eventually ending up in Tarragona for the night. Do you have any contact/menu/cost info for Restaurant U? Sounds like it might make a great leisurely lunch stop.

              1. re: primitivecinema
                Sue Style Oct 5, 2011 12:49 PM

                www.u-restaurant.com
                crazy website, dark and esoteric but persevere. Menu is around 35 euros, prob. 45 with wine pairings. The wine list is worth a detour, also on the site (if you can find it). Oh and take no notice of the stuff about 'neo-medieval cuisine', it's a pointless distraction. Fact is, this guy (Raimon Olivella) can cook. Take in a tasting at Mas Candi just down the road if you can fit it in.

      2. shiromaguro Apr 24, 2007 08:20 AM

        I haven't been to these, but they all have websites, so you might want to use this list to see what looks interesting:

        Cava Blancher
        Plaça Pont Roma, 5 08770 SANT SADURNÍ DA ANOIA BARCELONA
        http://www.blancher.es/

        Cavas Cardoner
        cavas@cardoner.com
        http://www.cardoner.com/

        Cavas Castell Sant Antoni
        Passeig del Parc, 13 08770 Sant Sadurní da Anoia. Barcelona
        http://www.castellsantantoni.com/

        Cavas Ferret
        Av. Catalunya, 36 08736 GUARDIOLA DE FONT-RUBÍ
        http://www.cavasferret.com/

        Cavas Hill
        Bonavista, 2 - 08734 MOJA. Alt Penedès - Barcelona
        http://www.cavashill.com/

        Cavas Lavernoya S.A.
        Sant Pere, 17 08770 SANT SADURNÍ DA ANOIA
        http://www.troc.es/lavernoya/

        Cavas Masachs
        infocm@cavasmasachs.com
        http://www.cavasmasachs.com/

        Caves Llopart S.A.
        Ctra. de St. Sadurní a l'Ordal, Km. 4 - 08739 Subirats
        http://www.llopart.es/

        Caves R.Canals Canals
        Av. Mare de Déu de Montserrat, 9 - 08769 Castellví de Rosanes (Barcelona
        )http://www.rcanalscanals.com/

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