I guess everyone knows that Cava comes from Catalunya but how many know about the other excellent wines that come from this region of Spain/Catalunya?
The local area is known as the Penedés region, and the wine is of the same name. Vilanova is in baix Penedés (lower) and just behind the town is the region of alt Penedés. Vilafranca, the nearest largest town inland from Vilanova is one of the most important centres for Penedés wines.
There are varieties of red, white and rose wines, ranging from young light wines to the aged stronger wines and even sweet wines. If you fancy tasting some before buying you should book a trip to coincide with one of the wine festivals in Vilanova when stalls are set up in and around the main Rambla offering tastings of all the local wines and cavas.
During this time of year the grapes for the wines are being harvested and many youngsters join in the harvesting for a temporary income. It's not an easy ride and backbreaking cutting the bunches of grapes from the vines. Driving round the roads anywhere here during this time of the year you are also likely to come across tractors towing trailers full to bursting with the ripe grapes on their way to be crushed and made in to PENEDËS WINES.