The Segway: the wine lovers’ new ally
The Segway is the most futuristic version of the scooter and has become one of our greatest allies for wine tourism routes in Catalonia. They are well aware of this at the J. Miquel Jané winery and they have a five-kilometre tour to explore this corner of DO Penedès region.
It’s agile, clean (battery-powered), and easy to ride. Three basic reasons why it’s such a hit with wine tourists. Anyone can ride one; all you need is a little training and off you go!
The Segway squadron leaves the J. Miquel Jané winery on a fun trip on a photographic route with vineyards, paths and even a mountain. You’ll go to craftsmen’s workshops, reservoirs, viewpoints and places of local and cultural interest. An hour-and-a-half-long tour with an expert local guide. If you need a translation, request it in advance: they have guides who can give you info in eight languages.
The trip ends with a tasting of five J. Miquel Jané wines, some of them winners of prestigious international awards, such as the Sauvignon Blanc, which took gold at the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2015. Along with wines, you can also taste local produce. And if you fancy it, you can finish off the morning with a char-grilled lunch right there in the winery. And a post-prandial rest at the table will re-energise you!
Other experiences in Catalonia
Wine tourism in El Penedès
The route is already laid out, you just have to decide where to stop off. La Carretera del Vi (the Wine Road) links seven Catalan municipalities that have made wine a way of life: Sant Martí Sarroca, Pacs del Penedès, Vilafranca del Penedès, Sant Miquel d’Olèrdola, Canyelles, Sant Pere de Ribes and Sitges. There are a dozen wineries to visit along the way: Torre del Veguer, Pinord, Cava & Hotel Mas Tinell, Torres, Clos Lentiscus, Colet Classic Penedès, Finca Viladellops, Mas Bertran, Parés Baltà, Puig Batet, Rovellats and Torreblanca. Get to know this vibrant area with its different features and wines, still wines, cavas and, above all, a great trip to discover wine.
Rambling among the vines: from Vilafranca del Penedès to the Olèrdola monumental complex
You could describe this as wine route with views. It covers just over seven kilometres that you can stroll through with friends or family in around four hours. It starts at Vilafranca del Penedès railway station, from where you'll head out into the vineyards of the DO Penedès region through dry farming crops, ending at the Olèrdola monumental complex. It bears architectural witness to a number of historical periods, with the remains of an Iberian settlement, an impressive Roman fort and a medieval city, with Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches and medieval tombs cut into the rock.
Penedès chicken casserole
The Penedès chicken is unmistakable: bright black plumage, ash-blue legs and a peculiar-shaped crest. Its taste is unique too.
To make this dish, first season the chicken pieces. Fry in an earthenware casserole using half oil half lard until golden and add the onion, chopped garlic, cinnamon and bay leaf. When the chicken and onion are roasted, add the aged wine and let it reduce, then add the peeled and seeded tomatoes. Cover the casserole, lower the heat and cook for 45 minutes until the chicken is soft. Add stock if it looks a little dry. Next, toss the pine nuts in the butter in a frying pan and add to the roast, along with the prunes.
- 1 Penedès chicken, in pieces
- 2 onions. I head of garlic
- 4 “tomacó” vine tomatoes
- Pine nuts
- Aged wine
- Olive oil
- A knob of butter
- 1 cinnamon stick