My last article was on touring and tasting wine at Pares Balta near Vilafranca del Penedes in the Penedes wine region near Barcelona.
This article is on Codorniu and Gramona, two wineries we visited in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, also in the Penedes region.
Touring the Codorniu winery in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is an entirely different experience. While Pares Balta is a small winery, Codorniu is huge. Established in 1551, it’s the oldest business in Spain and one of the largest wineries in the world.
I selected Codorniu due to its size and because it offers tours in English.
In 1872, Codorniu made its first bottle of sparkling wine, called cava in Spain, using the traditional method and grapes from the area. It produces 70 million bottles of cava and wine each year. Fifty two percent of the cava is sold in Spain and 48 percent is exported.
Ninety percent of the cava made in Spain is from the Penedes region.
Built by Gaudi’s disciple Josep Puig I Cadafalch, the winery is a beautiful example of Catalan modernism.