Like most other parts if Europe, wine is an important part of the daily life in Spain. During your stay in Barcelona, you will find many locals munching on tapas while sipping on local Spanish wines. Most summer nights in Barcelona are spent relaxing at outdoor bars or cafes while sampling different wines made in Spain.
Wine is such an integral part of Spain that it is used for drinking, cooking and sometimes to throw at each other. A popular wine festival in Jumilla includes a tradition of throwing wine at each other. Wine is an important part of the locals’ lives as well as a major player in the production and exporting business of Spain.
The wine culture of Spain
The Spanish wine palette is rich and varied. Owing to the different climates affecting the wine region, you can sample from a great variety of red and white wines in Barcelona. The Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabric Sea each have an influence on the soil, water and air of the different wine regions and give rise to a number of unique blends of grapes.
With almost seventy unique wine growing regions in the country, there is no dearth of quality wine blends offered at the numerous bars and restaurants in Barcelona. The Spanish wine culture itself is a popular type of tourism, attracting thousands of tourists to different parts of the country, especially Barcelona to sample wines. Although the city itself is not home to wineries, it provides one of the biggest platforms for wine lovers, stocking all varieties of the famous Spanish wine.
Wine regions in Spain
To produce these amazing blends of wine, over three million acres in the Spanish countryside are planted with different varieties of grapes. Perceived to be of great value to wine connoisseurs around the world, Spanish wine is available in innumerable varieties and boast top quality. Some of the most popular Spanish wines originate from Jerez, Madrid, Jumilla, Navarra, Penedes, and Malaga.
If you are keen on sampling Spanish wines, you can dine at one of the many bars, restaurants and wine tasting sessions around Barcelona. Alternatively, you can also take a day off and drive to the nearest wineries.
Get your ‘wine on’ at Barcelona
If your vacation in Spain includes significant time with local wines, you are already there in Barcelona. Catalonia is a great place to enjoy some local blends that find their origins back to 800 BC. With thousands of years to perfect the art of winemaking, you will not find such a great variety of wines anywhere else in the world. One of the most popular sparkling wines to originate from Spain is the Cava.
The local bubbling star – Cava
Following the footsteps of France’s champagne, Spanish wine regions dish out their own version of sparkling wine – the Cava. If you have walked around Barcelona long enough, you will notice that most of the locals are enjoying their glass of Cava with tapas. Created in the late 1800s, Cava has grown to become an integral part of the lives of Barcelonans. Cava is consumed during casual lunches and after work and even popped at celebrations like weddings and baptisms.
Cava is a product of the wine region Penedes, located closest to Barcelona. Made from a blend of three different varieties of grapes, Cava includes a precise combination of local grapes like Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo. In some blends of Cava, grape varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also used. Cava perfectly depicts the cool and laidback nature of the Mediterranean Barcelona as it is clean, bubbly and light.