What's On: Fall Wine Fairs in Barcelona & Beyond

What's On: Fall Wine Fairs in Barcelona & Beyond

In Barcelona there’s never a shortage of fun wine events, especially in the fall. Everyone is back from vacation and trying to live life to the fullest before the Spanish sun plays hide and seek for a month or two. Here are a few great events coming up that you shouldn’t miss if you’re visiting Barcelona.

45th Harvest Festival of Alella

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If you’re a Spanish wine fan and haven’t heard of Alella, there’s no time like the present to discover this tiny D.O. (Denomination of Origin) nestled along the coast, just a few kilometers north of Barcelona. Wine geeks might like to know that it’s known for its white wines made from the aromatic cava grape, Xarello, which there goes by the name of Pansa Blanca. Located in the heart of a national park, this region offers a pristine, protected landscape for winemaking. Inhabited by only a handful of winemakers, Alella is home to mostly small family-run wineries focused on creating excellent wines and cavas at exceptionally good prices. The harvest festival is just one of several reasons to explore this under appreciated wine region.

When: September 4 to 14

Where: Plaça de l'Ajuntament, Alella center

Notes: Purchase tickets in the central plaza, Plaça de l'Ajuntament, the 6, 7 and 8 of September from 18.30 a 23h. Tickets cost 2€ and each item requires a different number of tickets. Wines are 1 to 2 tickets a glass or 6 tickets a bottle while food can be found for 2 tickets a plate.

Where to Eat: Companyia d’Alella
Part wine shop, part restaurant, La Compa as it’s familiarly called by locals is a must-stop on a tour of Alella. They offer a spread of simply prepared tapas and a shop packed with wines and vermouths you can take to go.
Carrer de la Riera Fosca, 28
Alella, 08328
(+34) 935 400 341

How to get there: For those without a car, it's an easy train ride on the Ferrocarrils from Plaza Catalunya, or you can catch a direct bus that runs every half an hour or hour depending on the time of day from Barcelona at Plaza Urquinaona (Ronda Sant Pere, 21).

Find out more: Alella Festa de la Verema

Mostra de Vins i Caves de Catalunya 2019

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The Wine and Cava Show of Catalonia will celebrate its 39th edition during the La Mercè Festival in Barcelona. This year it’s moving to a new location on the Ronda de Sant Antoni, near the new Mercat de Sant Antoni, but will offer the same great experience, with over 100 wines and cavas of offer from producers from all across Catalunya. In addition to sampling the local wines and tapas, there are also a variety of activities available—from tastings to pairing classes—which must be booked in advance.

When: September 20 to 24

Where: Ronda de Sant Antoni, where the temporary market was located while the new one was being renovated.

Notes: This is a ticketed event. You can get your tickets when you arrive from the information stands located at the fair. You must pay for the glass, and each cava costs from 2-5 tickets.

Where to Eat: Last Monkey
Forget local food and head to Last Monkey for a foray into creative asian cuisine. The restaurant’s fresh, contemporary design is reflective of their approach in the kitchen. Don’t miss the eggplant confit (find the recipe here) and the swoon-worthy crunchy pork wontons.

How to get there: The Sant Antoni metro stop (L2 purple line) leaves you right in the middle of the fair.

Find out more: Barcelona La Mercé

Cavatast: Cava & Gastronomy Fair

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The 23rd edition of Cavatast, a fair celebrating the region’s best bubbly is coming soon. If you’re in Barcelona October 2, 3 & 4, consider a quick trip to the capital of cava, Sant Sadurní, just a half hour south of the city, for this sparkling introduction to Catalunya’s answer to champagne. It’s a small fair but filled with local producers showing off their finest cavas. It’s possible to tipple away a whole afternoon trying a wide range of cavas from the easiest drinking to long-aged Reservas and Gran Reservas from the region’s top producers. You can easily make a day of it, popping from stand to stand and filling your glass and attending masterclasses highlighting cava and food pairings. You can also grab bottles of cava for sale at direct pricing. Save room for lunch because there are several great places to eat in town, but make sure to reserve well in advance.

When: October 2, 3 & 4

OPENING HOURS
Friday, October 2, from 19 to 23h
Saturday, October 3, from 11 to 23h
Sunday, October 4, from 11 to 21h

Where: Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, a half hour south of Barcelona

Notes: This is a ticketed event. You can get your tickets when you arrive from the information stands located at the fair. You must pay for the glass, and each cava costs from 2-5 tickets.

Where to Eat: Taps de Suro
This restaurant in the center of town shows off Catalunya’s classic cuisine with a tapas menu of local favorites. If you’re looking for a taste of something local, with a wide range of dishes including salads, this is a great place to visit.
Plaça Ajuntament, 7
08770 Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
+34 930 070 578

How to get there: There’s a regular train that runs between Barcelona and Sant Sadurní and takes about half an hour. It leaves from Catalunya RENFE station under the center of the plaza by the fountain (not to be confused with the regular city metro station). Tickets can be purchased from the information desk or the ticket machines.

Find out more: Sant Sadurni Cavatast

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Festa De La Verema de Sitges 2019

58th Sitges Grape Harvest Festival 2019

Each fall, the fiesta ramps up in Spain as harvest descends upon the region. Wineries all over Catalunya begin their harvest and bacchic festivals pop up in cities across the map celebrating the year’s bounty. The Sitges Grape Harvest Festival is one place where you can get it on the action. Celebrating its impressive 58th year, the Sitges festival is a smaller, more approachable festival than Barcelona’s packed Mostra de Vins, although it coincides with the final weekend of the annual Sitges Film Festival which means the city center’s streets are packed with cinema-goers often decked out in costumes.

Held in the beachfront Plaza de la Fragata just skirting the shore, the wine festival showcases both big producers like Torres, Jean Leon and small ones like Abadal, and gives visitors a chance to taste some of the region’s representative wines. Many of the town’s restaurants offer special wine pairing menus. Don’t miss the grape stomping contest (Concurs de trepitjadors de raïm) on Sunday 7th October at 12:30 in the Plaza del Baluard.

When: October 12 & 13

OPENING HOURS
Saturday, October 12, from 12 to 23h
Sunday, October 13, from 10 to 19h

Where: Plaza de la Fragata in Sitges, a half an hour south of Barcelona by train

How to get there: Regular trains run to Sitges from Sants station in Barcelona. It’s an easy trip to make, but take note of the last train heading back to the city so you don’t miss it.