The aim of this blog post is to list a selection of Costa Brava and Girona vineyards that offer to the public activities such as wine tasting, tours, meals and picnics.
The history of wine in Catalonia
In around the 6th century BC the Greeks founded their first trading post on the Costa Brava coastline, Empòrion (market place, and origin of the modern day name Emporda). A few centuries later the Romans would take over and call it Emporiae. Now it is known as Empuries. Since the Greeks first introduced and cultivated vines here 2500 years ago Catalonia now has no less than 10 distinct wine growing regions of which DO Emporda is one.
Costa Brava vineyards map
Below is a map showing the locations of DO Emporda vineyards who offer wine tourism packages. More information can be found at the official DO Emporda website.
DO Emporda wine producers
Celler La Vinyeta La Vinyeta is one of the youngest and most dynamic DO Empordà projects. Its owners, Josep and Marta, are two young entrepreneurs who set up the business in 2002 with just 4 hectares of old vines. In 2006 they built the Cellar and began to produce their first bottles. In the space of just a few years, La Vinyeta has received numerous plaudits and has earned the appreciation of many visitors. La Vinyeta offers wine tours of the vineyards with tastings.They also offer picnics among the vines. La Vinyeta
Celler Espelt Espelt has been founded by members of a long line of winemakers. Their mantra is that the culture of wine lies in agriculture, quality, creativity and passion. The wine making tradition of Empordà and the love for the earth led those behind the project to plant vines in the Cap de Creus Natural Park. Espelt has a shop which is open to the public and offer wine tastings. Espelt
Celler Hugas de Batlle
The “Celler Hugas de Batlle” is a small family ran winery based in the center of Colera. It has a patio which serves as a production area and a shop inside with a place for tasting. The Celler offers various wine tasting options including a breakfast option and tours of the vineyards. One of the few Cellers right on the water. Celler Hugas de Batlle
Celler Arché-Pagès is a family-owned winery located in the town of Capmany. Five generations of winegrowers have cultivated the estate’s 14 hectares of vineyards. Mainly indigenous varieties of grapes are planted such as Garnacha and Cariñena. The company exercises absolute control over the entire process, from pruning the vines to selling the wine. This modern and dynamic winery offers visitors the chance to visit its facilities. To stroll through the vineyards and to taste wines with a distinctive personality. Arche Pages
Mas Lunes Mas Llunes is a modern winery that specializes in the production of wine from the estate’s own vineyards. It is owned by the Roig de Garriguella family, which has been closely involved in wine growing in Empordà for several generations. They offer wine tastings and tours of the vineyards in their own 4×4 vehicles.
Mas Oller Mas Oller currently has 12 hectares of wine-producing vines and 4 hectares of newly planted vines. The approach of Mas Oller is based on reviving the winegrowing tradition of Empordà, with a modern interpretation of the concept of wine. Both the winery and vineyards can be visited at Mas Oller. The enoteca offers visitors the chance to purchase and taste the wines that it produces in an idyllic setting. They offer tastings and visits of the vineyards. Also check their website for information on special cheese and wine tastings. Mas Oller
Celler Can Sais
This small family-owned winery with a long wine growing tradition is located in the old part of the town of Vall-llobrega, in the Gavarres Massif. Can Sais attempt to produce wines with concentration and personality, wines that say something about the area and its way of life. They offer guided visits of the vineyards and instalations, wine tastings and other activities such as wine therapy massages. Celler Can Sais
Celler Bell-Lloc This Empordà farmstead is imbued with a philosophy rooted in the land, which takes advantage of recent advances to provide quality, without losing spirit and authenticity. They offer celler visits and a gastronomic experience of a meal paired with their own wines. Finca Bell Lloc
Cellers d’en Guilla New wines produced with grapes from old vines: this is the approach adopted by Cellers d’en Guilla, a new winery with limited production located in the Delfià district of Rabós d’Empordà. Offering visits and wine tastings with local food products.
Terra Remota Terra Remota is a winery that is highly sensitive to its surroundings and, consequently, is strongly committed to becoming integrated within its environment. The result is a top quality wine and an enchanting landscape. They do winery visits, tastings and picnics amongst the vines. Terra Remota
Most Costa Brava vineyards require pre-booking of tastings and it is recommended to make contact at least 24 hours in advance. Contact details are listed on the websites of each Celler.