Museu del Batre

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Threshing is the agricultural operation consisting of separating the edible parts of the wheat grain from the husk covering it. Reaping began at the start of June: fi rst barley, then wheat and fi nally oats, which were bundled together to make sheaves, which were then taken to the threshing fl oor for threshing. Once on the threshing fl oor, the cereal was placed in the threshing machine, which separated the wheat from the chaff. This work lasted for at least a month, around the time of the festival of Saint James (25 July).


This wooden machine, made in Germany and bought in Barcelona, travelled to Vilafranca in a train wagon in 1932. It was later moved to Les Gunyoles with the help of mules(1). It was bought with the help of almost the entire village, aided by the profi ts made by the cooperative shop. The machine is currently owned by the ‘La Torre de Les Gunyoles’ Society. The “Festa del Batre”, or “Threshing Festival”, is held periodically at the end of June or beginning of July, and includes a live demonstration of how the threshing machine works.

(1) Mule: A cross between a horse and a donkey. Text: Les Gunyoles historical research group

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Main attractions

The Museum is located in the original installations of the steam locomotive depot of Vilanova i la Geltrú, some railway constructions done between the
Interactive space with audiovisual resources where we explain the town's history, Fil.loxera and Cava.
The permanent exhibition at the VINSEUM is dedicated to the vineyard and wine, and the close connection these have with the Penedès region and Catalonia. Your journey starts on the third floor of the Royal Palace and ends with a cava or wine tasting in the tavern of the museum.
The Castle of the Holy Cross is a fortified area from the medieval period, first documented in 1037

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