What is your type of winery? [Part 1]
The legacy of Art Nouveau -or modernisme- in the Penedès area can be found in all kinds of constructions, from private houses to functional buildings, such as some wineries.
If you want to see expressions of art-nouveau within Penedès Wine Route, approach the exceptional architectural work of Josep Puig i Cadafalch in Codorníu. The family house, the cellar, the gardens and the main building that welcomes you are full of details, such as the colored stained glass windows, the trencadís made of cava bottles and the vaults and rounded shapes.
You can also appreciate modernist expressions of Ludens winery, where the Masia Grabuach is located, which dates from 1747 and was remodeled in 1920 by the prestigious Puig i Cadafalch in the art-nouveau style. You will also find some modernist works in Mascaró, Oriol Rossell or Freixenet, direct witnesses of this international Catalan artistic movement.
L’empremta del modernisme al Penedès es troba en tota mena de construccions, des de cases particulars a edificis funcionals, com en alguns cellers.
We want to seduce you with food here, so we are going to start with a good servings of wineries with their own restaurant. Booking a wine tour and end up your day with a menu specially designed to pair the house wines... it makes it for the most special experience.
In a wine-growing area, it is most common to find wineries surrounded by their vineyards, so usually you need to have a means of transport to visit them.
If you don't have your own vehicle or don't want to use it, a good option is to visit wineries that are located in an urban setting, so inside a village or a small city. Then, you may arrive to Penedès by public transport and move from one place to another on foot or by bike.
Hidden underneath the streets of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, for example, there are many meters of old-carved tunnels where barrels and bottles are quietly ageing, and countless stories are kept.