If you’ve lost the capacity for surprise and think you’ve seen all there is to see in wine tourism, then come visit the Bages region, with its unique wine-producing landscapes and wine-making history. Your host, the Abadal winery, awaits you.
Wine culture is part of Catalan culture and is nothing new in El Bages. At the end of the 19th century there were around 30,000 hectares of vineyards in the region, more than there are now in El Penedès. Today, only 600 hectares remain and the 14 DO Pla de Bages wineries work fervently towards returning the region to the top of the wine-making world. Leading this work are the people of the Abadal winery who, with meticulous dedication and a spectacular natural and architectural heritage, have invested in modernity.
Walking among the vines
The route of the wine huts will take you on an hour-and-a-half-long walk through the wooded plots of the winery, where you’ll discover the 19th-century drystone huts of the plot owners. The route also includes a wine and food interlude of the highest order. Abadal offers a ‘taste of the landscape’ with the products of its land: wine, oil and honey.
Savour the wine, honey and oil
With the wine, you’ll be tasting local grape varieties such as picapoll and sumoll. With the oil, the juice of the corbella olive, also from El Bages. And with the honey, the finest texture of the golden liquid produced by the bees, whose hive is just a few feet from the main house. To round it off, some excellent bread, spread with tomato and served with cold meats, will provide the perfect lunch for a day outdoors full of the delights of El Bages.
If you want to discover the wines of El Bages, here are a number of useful addresses for organising your visit:
The Catalan Tourist Board (CTB) was set up by the Government of Catalonia and is responsible for implementing the government’s tourism promotion policies. It replaced the Turisme de Catalunya consortium, formerly responsible for this work, in early 2010.