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Cityzoom Méhari escapes: amidst the vineyards
The spectacular Penedès region is a great destination for a vineyard tour as the territory is steeped in winemaking, thanks to its Mediterranean climate, varied landscape and myriad of soil types. However, as a holidaymaker in Catalonia, it can be difficult to explore the tremendous natural beauty of this area without a guide or transport. Fortunately, with Cityzoom Méhari escapes, a unique vineyard tour awaits for you, featuring a funky, open-top Citroën vehicle dating back to the 1970s. Enjoy the breathtaking sights that surround you, in addition to sampling some of the world’s most prestigious wines, in a traditional family-run winery.
Cruise along the bumpy terrain of the Penedès, as you wind through local towns and a plethora of vineyards in your vintage ride. As your charming and charismatic guide and driver, Neus, entertains you with fascinating stories about the local area, you can absorb the awe-inspiring scenery, and bask in the tranquility of your surroundings. Following a voyage of meandering through the sublime wine countryside, you will arrive at the isolated and idyllic estate where these vineyard tours are offered, boasting remarkable views, and even more impressive wines.
Having cultivated grapevines since the 16th century, you can ensure that you are in the hands of experts. Priding themselves on wines of supreme excellence, the delightful and welcoming co-owner and commercial manager of the family business, Marta, will provide a guided vineyard tour of the grounds and cellars. Not only does she cover the essentials, including the wine and cava production process followed by the enterprise, but she also delves into entertaining anecdotes about past and present generations that have occupied the winery. Marta’s personalised touch leaves guests feeling as if they’ve gained a friend, thanks to her hospitality and willingness to welcome the group into her beautiful home.
Enjoy an al fresco wine tasting in Marta’s picturesque pergola, which overlooks an outstanding green oasis. Admire the family’s stunning and quintessentially Catalan farmhouse and the sea of nearby vineyards, as you sample the winery’s exceptional selection ofvinos. Indulge in a veritable bouquet of aromas and flavours, as you take in the halcyon setting, and forgo any thoughts of ever leaving this wine paradise. What’s more, Marta provides an array of artisan snacks to perfectly accompany the white, red and sparkling wine, from fuet sausage – a regional favourite – to a platter of rustic cheeses and homemade jam.
Return to your rustic ride, for the final leg of your vineyard tour. Having learnt about how cava – the Spanish alternative to champagne – is produced, Neus tests your newfound expertise with a cava tasting amidst the vineyards. Relish in the peaceful serenity of the Penedès with a glass of bubbly in hand, as you get close and personal with the source of the magical liquid, the vines themselves.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or total newbie, Cityzoom Méhari escapes provides the opportunity to seek temporary escapism from the hustle and bustle of the hectic metropolis, in the serene Penedès region. Let’s not also forget, the cool ride that escorts you around the majestic area.