Singular Experiences & Special Events


...winery visits tastings and...farmers markets biofoodworkshops medieval pagents bike vacations jazzfestivals wine fairs vintage cars and motorbikes pilgrim paths food & wine pairings hunting & game olive mills dragons & devils art nouveau town festivals horse racing human towers mostfilm moonlit dining luxury bed & breakfast horse shows fireworks ceramic fairs giant paellas harvest crush wine tastings calçotada country barbecues bike & picnic carnival mediterranean xuringuito surf & turf...

enjoy the best of penedès singular experiences & special events ...wine tours and a whole lot more,

our calendar of special events


January/Febuary

A Day at the Races in Catalunya
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This is the only race of the whole year so, get out your best hat and start the year with all the excitement of thoroughbred horse racing at la Pineda, Tarragona. 3 races, beautiful horses, expert tipsters, artesan market and a chance of a flutter. Who knows? you could be a winner. Polish it all off with a special Cava & Wine Picnic at the last furlong.

Calcotades in old Mills, January - /March
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Savour a classic Calçotada Barbecue at a Penedès "Masia" farm house. Enjoy a walk through the vineyards, prepare a romesco sauce, pick and roast these spring onions until they almost caramelise, discover the Porron. Bring an old wooly jumper

Viticulture from Vine to the bottle seasonal activities
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every season your career as a wine-maker progresses, starting with the bud and pruning of vines for the next vintage, In the Bodega learn about wine-making and blending and then on to bottling cavas and wines. Not only will you be able to make wine, you may just have made the first of many vintages.

Hunting and Game, October - February
Follow a wild boar hunt in the hills of Penedès, hunters lunch and tasting of cavas and big Penedès red wines at El Papa’s restaurant in Pontons.

Tres Tombs, Wagon trains and "Xato" festival, February
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Xato is a Mediterranian salad with cod, anchovies, tuna, escarola lettuce, black olives and a fiercely contested Romesco sauce. Regular tastings and competions are held around Penedès to coincide with the festival of Saint Antoni and the blessing of animals. Elegant Hunters, draught horses, colourful wagon trains and carriage parades bring back the history of the horse in Soputhern Catalunya

The Freezing Hot Carnival, Febuary
It may be freezing but you can't stop Carnival as it comes to life with all the enthusiasm of Rio de Jinero. Glamourous costumes, hundreds of girating dancers and magnificent floats. Groups participate in small towns of Penedès and Sitges is the moma of them all. We warm the spirits with the assistance of wine-maker
Manel Aviño of Can Ramon and Basque tapas.


Saint Paddy's Pedalada
Bring your own bike or grab one of ours. We're going for a easy bike ride to the castle of Sant Marti, after a stop for olives and Vermuth on the way and when we get back, a calçolada barbecue and magnums of cava. el Molí, C/baix 19 de Torrelles de Foix. Sunday 18 March 10.00h


Medieval Montblanc, April
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Dragons and Knights, Ladies and wenches, jousting tournaments, feats of astonishing skill and bravery, see the very spot where Saint George slayed the Dragon. Rustic gothic lunch quarters at Can Colom and wines at Cava and Trepat variety specialist Carles Andreu,

May/June

Priorat Wine Fair, the first of May,
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street cooking competitions, tastings of new releases, dozens of specialized tastings and pairings over the weekend and throughout you have the most fantastic scenery, amazing micro-wineries, great accommodation at
Cal Llop and delicious local cuisine.

Oyster Festival, l’Ampolla, May 6 2012
Help us take care of 2,500 kilos of Oysters and some wine in one of the worlds special seafood heavens, l'Ampolla in the Ebro Delta, visit the fish auction, dinner at the Sailing Club, relax in one of Spain's first Hotel, time for bird watching, cycling, fishing, sailing and the wines of Priorat and Terra Alta.

Mountain Bike Trials and Road Bike Competitions
April and May signal the Mountain Bike competition season with trials every weekend all over Penedès and Southern Catalunya.
Torrelles de Foix trial is on the third Sunday of May. In common with most competitions, it is organised by local enthusiasts and volunteers, and yes, we participate. Participation is open to all comers and you can purchase Insurance and tempory membership of the Catalan Cycling Federation on the day. What better way to plug into the local scene. Let us know if you are coming to bike hard,
El Moli Tours provide complete equipment and organisation back up.

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Rally Pais del Cava/ Classic Penedès Rally Pais del Cava
Enjoy a privileged tasting of cavas and viewing of classic prewar oldtimers at one of the Wineries along the route of the Rally Pais del Cava in Penedès, or come to Santa Oliva for the Classic Motorbike Show...

Build a Human Tower, Casteller season May - November
breakfast at Cal Figuerot the home of the "colla" before joining the Castellers of Vilafranca construct three of the highest human towers in the world, before lunch. An authentic celebration of community and teamwork. Lunch a picapic of the delicate and delightful courtesy of Martha Bosch Rius at Restaurant Cantallops and wines by a special group of
organic wineries from the area around Subirats and Sant Pau d'Ordal.

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Formula 1 of Catalunya and Classic quiet Penedès wine country, May 11 - 13
we take care of logistics, high comfort accommodation with unrivalled kitchen and celler, you meet some local Porsche 911 owners and wine growers such as Sergi of
Colet Cavas

Harley Davidson International Meet, Calafel
Rent a Harley and a good garage, lots of beer, boys, rockabilly and a little naughtiness, follow
the Sitges - Vilanova wine route

July/August

Peaches & Cava Fair of Subirats, June, July and August
peaches and cream, peaches and cava, peach liquor with peach crumble! Meet the growers and taste the goods in the beautiful town of Sant Pau d'Ordal, every Saturday and Sunday morning of June, July and August
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ViJazz Festival, Vilafranca del Penedès, 6, 7, 8 July + luxury accommodation
Featuring Al Jarreau, Terri Lyne Carrington feat. Dianne Reeves "The Mosaic Project", Ninety Miles (Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton, David Sánchez), Keb' Mo', PRISM (Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn, Eric Harland),
An immersion in top quality Wines & Jazz, Tasting & Pairing, Barcelona and the world comes to Vilafranca for evenings of excellent talent, Jazz, streets of wine and beautiful people…until late! and wake up amoung the vineyards in
Biodynamic luxury B&B accommodation

Festa Majors and the Festa Major Vilafranca
Devilish dancers, mojitos, dragons, towering castles, sword fighters, big heads, giants, gipsy balls, fireworks, more devils, drummers and pipers , all night disco parties, in 60 villages towns around Penedès. Then on the last weekend of August the citizens of Vilafranca return from holidays away discovering the world. Its another week before any serious work begins so this tight knit town parties for 4 days. Practice you passadoble, boleros and cha cha chas, because the orchestra means mambo. ... and when its all over, the grape harvest begins.

Festival of Music Subirats, Festival de Música a les Vinyes, last weekend of August
Join some of the best musicians of Europe for a fantastic evening at the Roman Tower. Music, Atmosphere, Vineyards, Cava and the Stars.

September/October

Harvest Crush
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A walking, talking, picking, singing, food & wine day in wine country

Romantic Penedès Picnic Febuary - December
two bikes, a beautiful wine route, a special quiet spot with magnificent views and lots of quality time, just for two

European Bicycle Day The Green Wine Ways of Penedès
Ride out with Bicing Penedès to celebrate a cleaner world is possible

Cavatast 2nd week October
Meet the wine makers of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the Cava Capital of Penedès and taste 40+ sparkling wines and tapas.

Metalbikers 2 day mountain bike marathon, Pontons www.metalbikers.com
historic taverns, tapas on demand, full board, great showers and soft beds at the
Hotel Air Vilafranca del Penedès

November/December

MOST Wine Film Festival, Vilafranca del Penedès, November
see the next Sideways or Bottleshock here, with the best gastronomic backup, set up on the fringe with a dedicated cocktail bar and cool luxury boutique accommodation at
Casa Torner i Guell.

Moonlit Xuringuito, August - September
Relax in Penedès wine country beside the pool at seductive Cal Ruget Biohotel, enjoy a late evening Mediterranian coast bike route with stops for refreshments and tapas at Xuringuitos” beach bars. Enjoy the
Bacardi experience in Sitges and sail back to Barcelona

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some of the finest cavas in the world at Nadal

Late Harvest, September - December
Stoneground olive oil, wild mushrooms, almonds and game
Mushroom hunting with a local expert, hunter’s brunch prepared with the spoils at a country restaurant after a visit to Ca la Madrona, the last stone ground olive mill of Penedès.

Christmas Rooster festival, Vilafranca
Food and Wine Fair and Artesan market, just a bike ride from one of our favourite restaurants and wineries in Pacs del Penedès and Sant Marti Sarroca

Domo and Dressage
Horseriding, with Olympic champions at Pages Entrena

Mediterranean Surf & Turf
Sipping in the morning in DO Penedès, 60 km of backlane biking around the lake of Castellet to the Xuringuito of Vilanova i la Geltru, swiming and sailing in the evening with mediterranean gastronomy and wines

Walking Penedès
Enjoy views of Montserrat, Romanesque sanctuaries, blue skies and temperate Mediterranean weather, Follow old trade routes and "Gran Rutes" past Catalan castles and humble Masia farm houses. Meet the locals on one of their many walks and learn about Penedès in a very special way.

Vinseum and Art Nouveau Vilafranca
Historic jewel of early romanic archietecture in Penedes, Barcelona
We are guides at Vinseum, the Museum of the Culture and History of Wine of Catalunya and admirers of Vilafranca's short but sweet encounter with prosperity and modernist archietecture. Our trail takes us around Roman, Medieval, Gothic and
Art Nouveau Vilafranca del Penedès, Sant Pere de Ribes and Sitges

Sitges Horror, 4 - 14 October 2012
International Horror Film festival, Scare the daylights out of yourself, enjoy the Impressionist atmosphere and Art Nouveau of Sitges, Dine on the Promenade, Sleep to the sound of the Mediteranean crashing on the beach and the howl of the wind in the tall palm trees

La Vida Dolce del Penedès, works all year round
Shopping at Vilafranca farmer’s market and Rovellats winery, Biodynamic cooking workshop & Organic wine appreciation with Florian Porsche and Paddy Mannion + Pampered wine country B&B accommodation,

Cavas Nadal Gourmet events, see dates
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Join the friends of Cavas Nadal for Gran Reserva Cavas, erotic tales, moonlit tapas,food and Cava pairings with chocolate, oysters, and gourmet specialities, several times a year

In Penedès you can’t miss the wines but don’t let the culture and the real stories get away

Cheers and all the best Paddy Mannion
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