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Codorníu is a veritable institution in Catalonia. Winemakers since the 16th century, the group produces several distinguished vintages, especially their sparkling wine: cava. Head for the north of Spain to visit the most representative amongst the group’s eight vineyards, such as Scala Dei, Raimat and Bodegas Bilbaínas.

Codorníu Estate is located very near Barcelona, the historic Codorníu winery is most definitely worth a visit. First of all, it is one of the major producers of Cava. Perfectly equipped to welcome visitors, the site features a wine museum and a small train that winds through the cellars, where the riddling equipment, labelling machines, fermentation tanks and special wine racks are among the main attractions.

The Codorníu winery buildings were designed by the Catalán Josep Puig í Cadafalch, an eminent architect of the Art Nouveau style. The ensemble is an architectural gem, as is most evident in the tasting room where the visit ends. The winery, which blends in perfectly with its natural environment, was listed as a National Historic Monument in 1976.

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