We ventured out on a Cava tasting tour at the infamous Freixenet distillery. It’s time to have some cava for lunch!
A few weeks ago, I suddenly found myself on a rather spontaneous trip to the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Truth be told, I had felt a bit down ever since a horrendous food poisoning in Morocco forced me to cancel my Central American journey, and as I gradually got better I realized that I was in desperate need of some new adventures. In the attempt of cheering me up, Julia suggested that we could meet up with Clare in her hometown, Barcelona. Why not combine a holiday with a reunion?
I was embarrassingly easy to convince, and only a few days later we landed in Catalonia, ready for a few relaxing days of sangria, tapas and wonderful adventures.
Considering the name of this blog, I don’t think I will surprise anyone by revealing that one of our top priorities while visiting Spain was to experience a proper Cava tasting. Luckily, Clare worked her magic, and she quickly booked us in at a tasting session at the Freixenet distillery.
The Freixenet distillery is located only a 50 minutes train journey away from Barcelona, and the distillery itself is cleverly situated only a few meters outside the local train station. You don’t even need a GPS or a map. You simply cannot miss it.
Inside the distillery, we were met buy a guide who enthusiastically led us through a century of Freixenet history. While leading our group further down into dark cellars and hidden rooms, we all went quiet and the dark hallways were suddenly filled to the brim with anticipation. Would our guide reveal the many secrets of the Freixenet Cava?
Well, while she certainly did reveal a few, she made sure to leave us all thirsty and in desperate want of more Cava knowledge. Instead, we were lead into the highlight of our tour: the tasting itself.
Armed with a rather generous glass of Freixenet Cava Real, we were all instructed on the notes that constituted the rather sweet drink. While I do prefer my cava a wee bit dryer, it was still highly enjoyable.
We had such a brilliant day visiting the Freixenet distillery, and after our tasting we basically rolled into the nearest restaurant to order some more Cava.
I honestly don’t think there’s anything that’s better than Cava for lunch.