I am so excited to tell you about a special trip we recently went on, that I poured myself a glass of cava (Spanish sparkling wine) to enjoy while I write. If my last post inspired you to “Live with Intention,” perhaps this one will have you making a beeline for a glass of bubbly and a delicious snack.
We headed north on a Saturday morning, excited to explore the area of Cataluña called Penedes. We stayed specifically in Villafranca de Penedes, at the recommendation of a friend, and got to see a lot of beautiful Spanish countryside. After a quick picnic with the above view, we started off wine tasting at a winery called Bodegas Torres. After a flight of five wines and some friendly conversation with an American Honeymooning Couple, we headed out for a walk on a marked path around the vineyard with killer views.
After freshening up, we headed to town to wander around. Lo and Behold (!) it happened to be their town festival that very same weekend. We got to see lots of local dancing and music. This was one of my favorite parts of the weekend.
Local Pride was on display, which is an extra interesting topic because as many of you know, some Catalans actually want to separate from Spain and be their own country. They have their own culture and language, and it was cool to see it up close and personal. I took a zillion pictures as we walked around and trust me, choosing just a few was difficult.
After a delicious dinner, we wandered back for more music and dancing under a full moon.
The next morning is when my other favorite part of the trip commenced. We went to a family owned Cava Cellar, Agusti Torello. We had an ABSOLUTE blast touring the site with the owners daughter, and we learned so much about how Cava is made. Did you know that the bubbles in sparkling wine are produced by a second yeast fermentation? We also learned about the types of grapes that grow here on The Mediterranean, and the whole entire process, from grape to glass.
We finally wrapped the whole weekend up with another picnic; this time on the beach in nearby Sitges. We really fell in love with this part of Cataluña that we had never been to. I’d go back in a heartbeat.