At harvest time in Penedes, the roads between
vineyards and wineries are streaked with juice,
the smell of fermenting grape wafts in the air.
After sunset the landscape vibrates with processions of tractors
on their way to the wineries and presses.
If you'd like to touch the grape in every way imaginable,
we promise you grapes up to your eyes.
Our host will have a section of vineyard reserved for us
and will explain the history of the vineyard
and basic method for picking before giving us our clippers.
Once picking you will be surprised how hard it is to stop
as a dormant gene deep inside you tingles with joy of collecting ripe fruit.
We follow the grapes to the Bodega
and watch the pressing and beginning of the wine-making process.
Then it's time for the grape crushing ceremony.
This is performed bare foot and everybody
participates to press the juice from the grapes.
Once we have made our offering to Baccus (the god of wine)
we clean off with fresh water and sun.
A wonderful harvest buffet awaits us,
fresh bread smeared Catalan style with tomato,
oil and salt, patés and cold meats, grilled red peppers and aubergines,
Mediterranean salads, barbecued Catalan sausages and meats
all accompanied by a full selection of excellent local Wines & Cavas
Harvest Crush Full Day Program
8.45 Catch trainBarcelona – Penedès.
10.00 Bike fitting at our Welcome Centre in Vilafranca del Penedès train station.
10.30 Bike route to winery
Visit the vineyards
11.30 Harvest crush activity: pick grapes, tell stories, sing songs,
12.30 Grape crushing competition. It's not just what you crush, it's how you crush!
13.30 Harvest picnic lunch: selection of salads, cold cuts, patés, cheese,
fresh & dried fruits, accompanied by a selection of wines and cavas.
16.00 We say goodbye to the winery and cycle back to Vilafranca.
17.00 Arrive Vilafranca del Penedès
This itinerary ￼available by reservation only
Penedès main attractions
Wine museum, stone ground olive oil mills, Castellers (human towers),
Romantic Sitges, Romanic churches and castles,
modernist architecture, Montserrat, great wineries
and of course beautiful wine country, great bike and walking routes...
for the best of Southern Catalunya