Spanish wines are renowned for their quality, elegance and diversity. From the tiny Priorat region where some of the best wines come from, to the famous Rioja and the lesser-known Penedes, there are tons of wines from which to choose. If you're in the mood to do some tastings in the city of Barcelona, then you're in luck: there are several boutique and charming wine bars and shops where you can have a short cata ("wine tasting") and even learn a few things from the sommeliers on staff.
If you want to be wowed, go to Monvinic where you'll be given an iPad with a list of over 1000 wines from around the world. Choose the country, the city and even the grape type and, together with your expert waiter, you can decide on a bottle or a choice of 3-4 glasses.
Monvinic is one of the best wine bars in the city and you can either just walk in and sit at the bar or along the couches, or make a dinner reservation. Keep in mind that Monvinic is open only Monday-Friday.
Monvinic — Photo courtesy of Monvinic
After Monvinic, which is in the Eixample neighborhood and just a short walk from Plaza Catalunya, head downtown to the Born where you have to check out VilaViniteca - not only a wine haven but also a gourmet food palace with delicious ingredients, cheeses and hams. There is an area to sit down and eat, and try a few glasses (or bottles, depending on the day) of wine.
If you've had enough of the city and want to visit a vineyard that's not too far away, then go to Ca N'Estella, about 30 minutes outside of Barcelona. This small, family-run vineyard has award-winning wines, including whites, reds as well as cava (Spanish Champagne).
They also have a special family secret drink, that only the father and daughter currently are privy to. The family members themselves usually give the tours, which are quite in-depth. If you happen to be around for the harvest, then they sometimes have night excursions where you can wear a head lamp and witness the magic firsthand.
There's no shortage of Barcelona wine shops, as well as vineyards to appease the oenophilias. And if you're into cava, then you're in luck, as Barcelona is in the cava region.
There are several small and large vineyards that focus solely on cava production. There are also some excursions from the city that offer three vinyards in a day with a mix of wine and cava. One in particular is called Vi Cava. This is a fun and relatively inexpensive way to get a feel for the region's wine and cava culture.