During this fun and original activity you'll travel to a family-run vineyard in an idyllic corner of the Penedes wine region, near Barcelona, where you'll not only taste several different types of Cava - the region's famous sparkling white wine - but you'll also take part in the bottling process and create your own personal Cava. Once you've selected your favourite blend of grapes you yourself will perform the ancient art of 'disgorgement', the final step in the wine's production process before it's ready for consumption. This great day out not only includes the Cava tasting and bottling, but also a tour of the vineyards, video screening, and a look at the cellars and production process. The price is 42 euros per person, and includes free transport from the local train station (which is a 50 min journey from central Barcelona). Plus of course you get to keep the personalised Cava which you bottled yourself (you can even design your own label!). For a little extra you can also enjoy a delicious rustic lunch on the premises of the vineyard's 1,000-year-old farm house, and there's also the possibility of extending your day with a guided visit of a second winery. To book or request info simply send us an email. Due to the extremely popular nature of this activity we recommend booking ahead of time if possible, especially for weekends.
The experience at create your own cava was amazing.
reviewed by Victoria from United Kingdom on Sep.07.2016
I've never got teary about writing a review before...
reviewed by Jesse M from United States on May.11.2016
I recently was taken to this activity by some friends for a surprise hen outing whilst in Barcelona and I can tell you that I did not stop smiling the whole day. We were picked up from the station and we then were treated to a tour of the building and the cava stores. We all found the day to be incredibly enjoyable and I know that some of us are looking forward to returning. Ramon and Eric were very personable guides who treated us like old friends rather than tourists. The cava we tasted was delicious (and plentiful), as was the home cooked traditional Catalan lunch we were served. It was really interesting to find out information about the different types of cavas produced and we found the day very informative. We corked, caged and cleaned our own bottle of cava each to take home with us as a lovely memento of the day. Thank you Ramon and Eric for such a lovely day. I hope to return soon.
reviewed by Amy from United Kingdom on Apr.18.2016
Superb afternoon spent with Ramon and Eric at this Barcelona Life activity. A very interesting tour of the house, a very enjoyable wine tasting, a delicious home cooked traditional Catalan lunch and a memorable time making our own cava bottles (putting cork in, cleaning, putting cage on, putting foil, putting labels on the bottle) and a very fun rest of the weekend in BCN enjoying our cava.
reviewed by Amy from United Kingdom on Apr.07.2016
“An absolute must”
reviewed by Kelly from United States on Nov.10.2015
“The BEST day out!!!”
reviewed by Jessie from United Kingdom on Aug.13.2015
This isn't a maybe... It's a must! Eric and Ramon couldn't have treated us nicer. My family and I felt as if we had been welcomed not on a tour, but into someone's home.
reviewed by Jill from United States on Jul.28.2015
I have no idea how this tour makes money. There is just so much value here.
reviewed by adamquigley from Australia on Jul.15.2015
We did the Create Your Own Cava experience and it was definitely the highlight of our trip to Barcelona - we had a fantastic day with Ramon and another couple from Australia (also called Adam and Jess!) and came away with 2 bottles of some of the best cava we've ever had. From first emailing Eric about a reservation, the whole team were so friendly and assisted with trains arriving to the station near the winery. Ramon greeted us at the station and drove us first to overlook the whole Penedes region and explain about some of the history. Then at the winery itself, we started with a tour of the house and more history behind the family before moving on to a (very generous) tasting session in the courtyard. We tried 3 different cavas (and 2 olive oils as well which were made by their friends down the road) which were all beautiful, and we had more than a bottle of each one between the four of us, and then some... The disgorging process was really fun too and the whole day was very relaxed but incredibly informative - Ramon clearly loves what he does and it was so infectious. We finished the actual day later than we had expected but we were in no rush so he drove all 4 of us down to a local restaurant (I wouldn't go if you can't speak any Spanish though) and came back to pick us up after we'd finished, which was a really great touch.
reviewed by Adam T. from United Kingdom on Jul.15.2015
Part of our tour in Barcelona we went to this unique and wonderful winery. Eric hosted us with a total down to earth, relaxed tour of the home and facilities and complete process of making the Cava. He reminds us of our favorite vintner here in Virgina, USA, Jeff White-Glen Manor Vineyards. Eric is true to the grape, not enhancing or using additives. It is made as they feel it should be and reflect the results of the season. Meeting Eric was one of the great highlights of our Mediterranean experience.
reviewed by Lee Ruddle from United States on Jul.02.2015
“Please let's keep this a secret - it's too awesome to share :P”
reviewed by Charlita from Switzerland on Apr.21.2015
On our last day of the trip, we decided to do a cava tasting. For those of you who are unfamiliar, cava is a sparkling Spanish wine that is similar to champagne (but so much better). My friend, Ashley, introduced me to a glass of it several years back and I have been a fan ever since. Spain is known for their cava and what better way to enjoy it than exploring the vineyards, learning the history behind it as well as the art of cava making? Let me tell you, this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Barcelona Life was the company we went through and it only required a 40 minute train ride outside of the city. We met the owner, Eric, and enjoyed a 6-hour cava excursion with our host, Ramon. I can honestly say, we became friends with Ramon when it was all said and done. In fact, we still keep in touch through Instagram! He was one of the most interesting and knowledgeable people I’ve ever met. After our tasting and tour of the facility, we made our very own bottles of cava to take home with us and indulged in a delicious meal that Ramon cooked – it was hands down one of the best meals we had in Barcelona. What an experience!
reviewed by Jess from United States on Feb.11.2015
What a wonderful addition to our trip to Barcelona. We were a group of 10 - ranging in age from 12 - 77 with many different interests and needs! Our day out was fun for all!
reviewed by Alisa Nagler from United States on Jan.12.2015
A local artisan vineyard. We had an incredible visit there, learning the history of the region, visiting the cellar, being taken through the entire process of making Cava, and then on to the tasting. My wife and I had tasted at least 10 different Cava's at home before starting our vacation (yes, we do like to imbibe!), but were extremely impressed with the products. All three couples made purchases because we liked it so much (it didn't make it back to the US - but went well with the cheeses bought at Montserrat!). Unfortunately, they do not distribute in the US due to it's limited release and being more boutique. Too bad, because we would drink quite a bit if available. Thank you, Eric, for a great tour and a great place to end the day!
reviewed by Andrea Schaffel from United States on Dec.09.2014
A group of seven Norwegian guys had an excellent guided tour with Ramon. We enjoyed a prefectly sunny day at the winery, was served delicious cavas and a fantastic lunch! Thanks a lot for Your hospitality; Eric, Ramon and Miquel Angel!
reviewed by Erik from Norway on Sep.16.2014
We had a great visit at the winery! Just outside Barcelona is this amazingly beautifull place, that has so much to offer. We had a great tour around the wineyard with Ramon as our guide, it was more than just a regular tuorist experience, it was the creation of a great memory. Ramon was such a passionate guide, that you couldn't help to feel smitten by it!
reviewed by Bitten Pabst from Denmark on Jul.21.2014
We did the tour with Eric on the recommendation of a friend on the day of our first wedding anniversary. We've been on wine tours all around the world and this stands out as one of the best. You get to learn a lot about the process which means you'll make better purchases in the future. We got to taste a lovely range of cava in the great surroundings of the house; and then my favourite part was bottling your own Cava to take away! Eric's service was exceptional and he really made this a great trip. We had some time at the end before our train back to Barcelona so along with the others on our tour we bought a nice chilled bottle of Cava to enjoy in the sun in the grounds of the house. This tour is a must for anyone visiting the area, thanks Eric!
reviewed by Auditmunki from United Kingdom on Apr.15.2014
We wanted to go to Penedes and ended up on this cava tasting excursion, it was great. Eric made everything easy for logistics and once there we were surprised how much we learned about the cava tasting technique. it was a fun day and I plan to share the bottle from the tour with my sister over the Christmas holiday this year. I recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in cava and Penedes.
reviewed by Cindy from United States on Dec.03.2013
This is a fantastic idea and i cant recommend it enough. We were a group of 17 ladies on a hen do (sophisticated hen) and it was the perfect day out.
reviewed by Sally from United Kingdom on Sep.03.2013
I went with a group of friends of mixed nationalities to celebrate my birthday, and everyone had a really good time. Even those who weren't big fans of cava before were really happy they came and left with a new appreciation. It was the perfect mix of learning and interactive fun, and the tasting was very generous! Eric was super welcoming, picked us up from the train station and everything. He speaks really good English and when another tour might have gotten too informative and boring, he really kept everyone's interest with jokes and personal involvement. And of course at the end we had our very own bottles to take home :)
reviewed by Sarah from Sweden on Jul.26.2013
My wife and I loved this workshop. It was great learning all about Cava, and especially we loved going hands-on in the shop removing the yeast from the bottles, capping them, and putting on the labels! Drinking our own bottles back in our Barcelona apartment was really special too. For me though the best part of all was meeting Eric and talking about life and people in Catalunya - very friendly guy with lots of insight on local people and culture!
reviewed by David Rowley from United States on Jul.22.2013
Eric made it easy to get to his bodega. My wife and I travelled by train from Barcelona and his father, Miquel Angel, picked us up near the train station.
reviewed by Brad from Canada on Jul.17.2013
We had such a fun time with Eric during this activity while at the same time learning a ton about the history and production of Cava in the region. There was a good balance of information, tasting and activity and we definitely got more than our monies worth for such a great and unique experience. I highly recommend the tour.
reviewed by Katie from United States on Jul.17.2013
Eric made our visit at artcava a day to remember for a long time.
reviewed by Mireille Grothé from Canada on Jun.07.2013
This was simply a visit of the most excellent quality. It was way above our expectations, having had a very hands on experience of making cava. Eric, as well, was most passionate in his explanations and in answering my family's tons of questions.
reviewed by Shievar Bolipata from Philippines on Jun.07.2013
The tour was excellent.
reviewed by Leanne from United Kingdom on Jun.03.2013
This is an incredible experience to have in a beautiful location, with a wonderful staff. The entire day we spent there was enjoyable! I will be recommending this to friends.
reviewed by Cristina G. from United States on Feb.04.2013
Molt be Eric..aixo va en progres.
reviewed by micky from Spain on Jan.10.2013
The tour exceeded all expections we had. Eric communicated via emails with a professional and personal touch. The day was amazing and catered to every need we had.. It is an easy commute from Barcelona via train. Eric picked us up personally. The highlight was desgorging of the wine. Eric is extremelly knowledgable and very personalable. His passion for wine making is beautiful and the day was like travleing back into the history of wine making. It is the highlight of our trip and we recommend it to all visiting Spain.
reviewed by Sherry & Anna from United States on Oct.04.2012
This is one unique experience we ever had in our life. A huge thank you to Eric who made our trip perfect by making a honey moon special label for us. we will always remember this special day. In all, great fun!
reviewed by Silvia Hao from China on Sep.26.2012
We had an absolutely excellent time. The team are extremely knowledgable and passionate about what they do. If you have time, this is a great afternoon activity not to be missed. Muchas Gracias ArtCava!!
reviewed by caro from Switzerland on Aug.28.2012
Fantastic experience for any wine lovers! we had a great time and good laugh. It is all very professional and reliable. Eric picked us up from the train station and dropped us at Vilafranca where we had lunch then took the train back to Barcelona. Thanks :)
reviewed by Sandrine & Nick from United Kingdom on Aug.14.2012
We booked this a couple of days before going to Barcelona. The owner, Eric, met us at Lavern-Subirats station (about 45 mins from Barcelona Sants). We had a short tour of the cellar and learned some of the intricacies of Cava production.
reviewed by Martyn Whitwell from United Kingdom on May.10.2012
Just wanted to let you know we had a really nice time
reviewed by Clare from United Kingdom on Jan.11.2012
This day was amazing :)) one of my fav in Spain : We visited a small town an hour outside of Barcelona called VillaFranca known for its many vineyards, etc. We visited a small
reviewed by Ana Flores from Spain on Jan.02.2012
Fantastic. Eric picked us up and dropped us back at the station (it was easy to get to get to!) and we had loads of fun learning about the production methods - plus of course tasting the different Cavas. Bottling them was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to drinking "Buzzard's Brew" a delicious, crisp and light Cava, the moment I get home! The BBQ was a good call and we ate outside in the sun overlooking the vineyards.
reviewed by Rick Buzzard from United States on Nov.22.2011