Friday, 9 November 2012

European Day of Cava & Wine Tourism + Surprigingly Many Other Events in Penedès!

November 11 is the European Day of Wine Tourism and that makes Penedès offer even more events for the weekend November 9-11 than we usually see during the most intensive weeks of the summer. Focused around Alt Penedès there will open house visits at numerous wineries and cava producers, the International Cava and Wine Film Festival Most in Vilafranca del Penedès, guided tours related to grapes, vineyards and wine in Vilafranca, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Gelida plus a wine harvest festival in La Ràpita (Santa Margarida i els Monjos).

However, at the same time Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf) celebrates its biggest autumn event: Fira de Novembre – an annual trade fair which comes with a Saturday Shoppping Night plus, as always, several cultural activities. This year the program is especially rich for tourists interested in Catalan culture: on top of a xató salad festival (xatonada popular – the best xató comes from Vilanova!) and sardana dancing, the town will host the last major human tower (castells) exhibition of the season 2012. The local team Bordegassos de Vilanova celebrate their 40th anniversary and have invited all teams older than themselves to take part. This means that the Catalan top teams Castellers de Vilafranca and Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls will both be present, but also Nens del Vendrell and Minyons de l’Arboç.

Human towers can also be seen in Sant Martí de Tous, which as far as I can see will be the last exhibition in Anoia this year. Those who prefer more modern cultural expressions will have a contemporary dance performance in Igualada (Anoia) and a jazz concert in Vilafranca del Penedès.

Tourist interested in sports, finally, might want to check out the organized bicycle tour Barcelona-Sitges (Garraf), the mountain duathlon in El Vendrell (Baix Penedès) or a taekwondo competition in Sitges.

Full Penedès event calendars in English can be found here. As you will see, Penedès is cava and wine but also a lot more!

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