Penedès Wine Country
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Penedès region, southwest of Barcelona, has been making wine since the Romans arrived 2,000 years ago. Its rolling hills are home to some of the biggest names in Spanish still and sparkling wine, such as Torres (www.torres.es), Codorniu (www.codorniu.com), and Freixenet (www.freixenet.com), all of which offer daily cellar tours. Though traditionally known for light, fruity whites and especially sparkling cava, gutsy vintners are earning praises for their balanced reds as well. The area is also gaining respect for boutique bottlings from such wineries as Jean Leon (www.jeanleon.es) and Albet i Noya, Spain's first organic winery (www.albetinoya.com).