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12 wine tourism options that you should know about.
Vineyards are simply brimming with charm, which of course you can feel by tasting their wines, but also by admiring their beauty at the beginning and end of the day. Imagine waking up surrounded by vineyards on a winter’s morning with a delicious hearty country breakfast laid out for you, and taking as much time as you like over it because, after all, your next wine adventure doesn’t start until the afternoon…
All this and a great deal more can be yours thanks to the hotels and wineries that offer the luxury of sleeping among vineyards.
Overnight stays at wineries, farmhouses, country guesthouses, hotels and inns
The wines and cavas made by Perelada, a winery housed in a castle in the heart of the L’Empordà region, are surrounded by various tourist attractions. The Perelada group allows guests to visit its Finca Malaveïna and Finca Garbet vineyards and taste its wines, tour the winery facilities, stay at the Peralada Hotel, explore the castle’s museums, find relaxation in the thermal water circuits and wine treatments in the hotel’s wine spa, sit down for a breakfast of local produce at Finca Malaveïna, enjoy a tasting menu at the Michelin-starred restaurant Castell Peralada and so much more.
Then, of course, there are the village’s charming narrow streets, which are perfect for wandering around and soaking up the great atmosphere that you’ll always find in Peralada.
If you dream of waking up among vineyards and enjoying a DO Empordà wine tasting the day before or after, then this option is for you. In Alt Empordà, the famous Celler Espelt offers the chance to stay overnight and experience the authenticity of the region, whether in its farmhouse or its flat, with a tour of the winery and a wine tasting. Another great option is La Vinyeta, where you can stay overnight and join in one of its popular picnics or breakfasts in the vineyards. There’s also the magnificent Masia Serra, located in the heart of the Albera region’s unspoilt countryside. Its El Recer guest rooms make for an intimate, idyllic setting for a romantic night. Then, the following day, you can tuck into a hearty breakfast, sit down for a paired meal, or go on any number of cultural wine routes and tours in the region.
Another exclusive winery that’s popular among the locals is Martín Faixó. Based at Mas Perafita in the heart of Cap de Creus Natural Park, it offers some of the most privileged accommodation in the area. Oh, and if you end up sleeping there, don’t forget to order a hearty breakfast made up of local produce.
Another option is Mas Vivent, in the little village of Vilamaniscle, with its attractive rooms surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cork oaks. There, you can attend occasional astronomy lessons and yoga classes or go horse riding.
Not far from these wineries you’ll also find NM Suites, a hotel in Platja d’Aro just a few kilometres from some of the Costa Brava’s most beautiful coves (which are wonderful places for a stroll, even in mid-winter, by the way). Close to Platja d’Aro, Hostal La Fosca, which is owned and operated by the Brugarol group, welcomes guests opposite one of the most popular beaches in the area and serves cuisine using local ingredients.
If you prefer to book a country house for you and your family or a group of friends, Moments Rurals is a great place to spend a night amidst vineyards in Capmany or Espolla, the epicentre of wine tourism in Alt Empordà.
We have an endless list of ideas for you…
Click here to learn about the companies that are part of the DO Empordà Wine Route!