Vineyard at Sant Sadurni d’Anoia
Apart from learning how the Codorniu wine label originated in 1551 – some of the documents from that era have been preserved – a tour around the estate will take you through the whole process of transforming ripened grapes into bottles of bubbly. The building are of modernistic design, set in lush gardens. The tours are free. Although they tend to get booked up. you will be fitted in if you turn up unannounced most of the times. You also get to taste the end results. The one to ask for, and buy, is the Anna de Codorniu cava which is made from the chardonnay grape and is delicious, and only 6.5 €. The label is named after an heiress to the Codorniu heritage who in 1659 at the age of 14 married a neighbouring wine-grower called Miquel Raventós, thus switching ownership of the vineyard.
It was a subsequent generation of the Raventós family who two centuries later started prodcing cava and when Manuel Raventós took over the business in 1885 he decided to focus exclusively on producing the sparkling wine, travelling to France to learn the French art of champagne-making.
How to get by car from Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona: take the A7 towards Tarragona and Lleida, exit 27 to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. Journey time, 30-40 minutes.