Saturday, October 9, 2010

CAVA organizes a day trip to the Cava vineyards

Every year, from the beginning of October, for about 10 days, the producers of Cava- Spanish sparkling wine or champagne- celebrates their harvest with a series of activities. This year they organized a day trip between Madrid and Barcelona. MUF went along and we thought it was a great idea. We left at 8 a.m from Atocha in Madrid and arrived at Sants station in Barcelona from where we bussed to visit the famous caves. Our group visited the traditional Gramona cavas, enjoyed a didactic trip to both their new caves and their original ones. We were offered a delicious pink cava and bussed to the Sol i Vi restaurant in the countryside. We came home from the train station at Tarragona. This trip is interesting because it is shorter than the Barcelona trip by twenty minutes and one avoids the traffic in the center of Barcelona. We noticed there were several rent a car companies at the Tarragona station. This is such a great day trip...but, you will have to buy at the bodegas and drink when you aren't driving!! You can spend the night at the Sol i Vi, which is very basic but the food is excellent!
During the Semana del Cava, it is worth a visit to San Sadurní d'Anoia and enjoy the Cava Tast, which lasts for three days, usually the second weekend of October. You can try all the different Cavas- meet their owners- and enjoy the different tapas they offer with their wines. Best to stay in a hotel in the centre of the town!
Here is a video of our visit. The footage is courtesy of the Cofraría del Cava.

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