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Barcelona. A territory with appellations

March 2014 | Места | Barcelona

With 4 Denominacions d’Origen or appellations, Barcelona province has wine tourism programmes combining winery tours, cuisine and landscapes.
Barcelona. A territory with appellations
Barcelona. A territory with appellations
Barcelona. A territory with appellations

Wine involves a complex process that culminates with the tasting of a glass. Vineyards form part of the landscape of Barcelona province, which has four of the twelve Catalan appellations or D.O.s: Penedès, Alella, Pla de Bages and Cava. Among other activities, its
wineries hold tastings directed by expert oenologists, wine pairings and dramatized tours.

Th e D.O. Penedès is the largest area and a visit there should include the Catalan Wine Cultures Museum (Vinseum). The mountainous landscape of the D.O. Pla de Bages dominates this area, where the wines have a special personality. Although the D.O. Alella is one of the smallest appellation areas, its eight production wineries make white wines of exceptionally high quality. Lastly, in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the capital of the D. O. Cava, one should not fail to visit the new Cava Interpretation Centre, which is located in an old wine spirits distillery from 1814.

Gastonomy appellations

It is easy to pair the D.O. wines with the local cuisines. In fact, many food products also have a D.O. and are species under UE protection, like the Vallès-Maresme Ganxet white beans or the Pota Blava chickens. Also, local species have been recovered like the white
aubergine and the Alta Anoia chickpea, which had been handed down from father to son for generations. Perfectly adapted to their environment, they have outstanding culinary qualities.

Osona, celebrated for its charcuterie and particularly for its llonganissa sausage, which has a D.O. and a Protected Geographical Identification seal, is an outstanding culinary region where truffles, the black diamond of cuisine, are also to be found.

The Michelin constellation

Barcelona province boasts 10 Michelin stars in 8 establishments. Carme Ruscalleda, the world recordholding female chef with six stars, has directed the restaurant Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar for the last 27 years. One star each is held by Els Casals, in Sagàs; L’Angle and L’O (the latter at the hotel Món Sant Benet), in Sant Fruitòs de Bages; Capritx, in Terrassa; Estany Clar, in Cercs; Fonda Sala, in Olost de Lluçanès, and Can Jubany, in Calldetenes. Special mention is deserved by Fonda Europa, in Granollers; La Fonda del Mont
San Benet, in Sant Fruitòs de Bages; Hispania, in Arenys de Mar, and Cal Garretà, in Avià.

Gerencia de Servicios de Turismo
Diputación de Barcelona