Travel Tuesday - Penedes, Spain

I regularly dream of being somewhere else. Traveling the world’s most amazing and scenic wine regions, biking through the vines…. This month I’m dreaming of Spain. And on this particular Travel Tuesday, Penedes, home to Cava.

The influence of the sun and the Mediterranean sea make the Penedès a privileged territory for winemaking. In this environment, enjoying the sun in the vineyards, walking through the villages and towns and discovering the great wines of their cellars is a great experience. Welcome to the DO Penedès.

To stroll through the DO Penedès is also to discover the testimony of ancient cultures like the Iberians or Romans, the Romanesque churches and hermitages in the villages or alone in the countryside, or the great religious and civil gothic buildings of the towns. The agricultural renaissance of the 17th Century saw the farmhouses become economic and social focal points that has left admirable constructions to this day. From the second half of the 19th Century, the favorable repercussions of the phylloxera crisis, new exports, capital injections from colonial entrepreneurs and the European nationalist movement gave rise to the cultural and creative renaissance of the Modernist movement.

  

Torres are credited with the modernization of the wine-making in the region (being the first to introduce temperature-controlled fermentation and maturation in small oak casks), as well as with the successful experimentation with international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.

Today’s daydream brought to you by DO Penedes.