There is so much to discover outside of Barcelona once you leave the city limits, for those who dare. Catalonia boasts incomparable beaches, breathtaking landscapes, charming villages and so much more, for those looking to take a day trip and explore what more the province of Barcelona has to offer. One such day trip is a visit to the Codorníu cellars to explore, discover, and taste their traditional Catalan cava. Let this article by ShBarcelona help you find out what makes this drink a favourite of the locals and a tradition that has been passed down for centuries.
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A bit about Codorníu
Dating back more than 450 years, Codorníu is the oldest family-owned business in Spain, as well as in the world. Since the beginning, this company has been producing some of the best wine and cava around, making it one of the most recognized names in the business. In 1551, Jaume Codorníu began growing grapes and making wine, which soon went on to become a family tradition. Fast forward to 1872 when the Codorníu family created the first bottle of cava in Spain, and the rest is history. In 1895, Josep Puig i Cadafalch was hired to design and build the winery as it is known today, and has since been named a Historical Artistic Monument.
Visit the winery
The traditional Codorníu visit is a must for cava lovers and history buffs alike as you will learn about the history of Codorníu, cava, and the estate itself. You will tour the cellars and taste two cavas, and take a walk around the winery while guided by an expert. There are also other tours available that are suited to different tastes and preferences and all make for an unforgettable experience. The Anna visit includes all of the above, plus three tastings and an aperitif to let you sample how Codorníu cava pairs with food.
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Large group experiences
There are unique opportunities for groups of 10 or more to take part in that you will be sure not to want to miss. Try Codorníu Escape, a treasure hunt that will have you and your friends taking part in a series of fun trials that test your wits. Sign up for the Cava Tasting Beginners Course in which you will learn the basics of tasting and then sample 6 delicious cavas and put your new skills to use. If you and your friends are foodies then you must try the Reserve Wine-pairing where your group will try three different Codorníu wines that are perfectly matched with Mediterranean specialities. The Sweet & Chocolate is for all of the foodies out there, as you will tour the winery and then sample the combinations of chocolate and wine or cava, that will be sure to please your palate and leave you wanting more. For your next group outing, there’s no better choice than a day at Codorníu.
*Main photo by Angela Llop via Visualhunt
Do you enjoy a good glass of cava? What do you like to pair it with?