November 24, 2014

Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

By In Photographs, Visiting Cava Country, Wine Notes
Sant Sadurni d’Anoia On the surface the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is rather non-descript. Most of the town sits on a hill above the Laverno River. Apart from a small square with a bar and a couple of shops there really doesn’t seem to be much worthy of attention. But this is the capital of Cava country. Every other building seemingly houses a cava producer. Arriving by train from Barcelona you cannot miss the imposing and massive Frexinent complex the lies just outside the small station.

The town proper lies on the north side of the Laverno River. Its not too far to walk from the station. From the far bank the true size of the Frexinent complex can really be appreciated. Can’t say the town holds much of architectural merit – a couple of bars one in a nice(ish) square – a few wine shops and offices.

But the walk from the station, over the bridge and up the hill to the town proper, is worth it. Firstly you can get into the CIC. For a paltry €6 you can immerse yourself in CAVA, not literally I hasten to add (unless there are some baths I am yet to discover) but via a full audio-visual presentation at the end of a tour at the Centro de Interpretacion de Cava (CIC). Along the guided tour there is a chance to play with holding a giant computer-generated phylloxera bug in your hand, you get to play with large touch screen desks giving access to a huge database of all things Cava (which doesn’t make it sound as great as it actually is) and also you get to enjoy a film on the local Phylloxera Festival… oh, and there is a rather good 3d film to enjoy also.

Located in an old distillery built in 1814, the current CIC Fassina Cava Welcome Center provides the perfect starting point for new and returning guests of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. The Center has a mix of high-tech and traditional resources to provide guests with an introduction to the world of Cava, the origins of this sparkling wine, its history, its production process and grape varieties, with easy access to fun and interactive digital information tools. Would you like to hold a phylloxera in your own hands? Come experience it by yourself!

Photo Gallery: Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

The CIC Fassina Cava Welcome Center also has a Tourist Office with insider information to help you plan your visit to town including lodging, restaurants, wine tasting and itineraries. For added fun you can combine a visit to the CIC with trips through the Frexinent or Cordoniu wineries (€9-11 or thereabouts) and also to Vilarnau, Cal Feru, Atmcava and others.

While in Sant Sadurni head out to the west to the old winery building of Canals et Munné. When these original premises proved too small for modern production methods and quantities the company moved out further west (for tastings and to buy you can also visit this property on the C-234a) converting the original building into a huge restaurant. In the wine shop keep an eye on the floor and find the glass topped hole looking down into the original cellars…

Its not fancy food here – but value packed, slightly rustic and flavoursome but above all local. Try the traditional roasted calcots (a long leek-onion type vegetable) where you have to pull the tender edible centre out and coat in romesco sauce; messy but they do supply bibs. Pork, sausages and beans also feature. Be sure to sample their 50 Great Cava award winning Dionysus Brut Nature – Eco (€9.90 to buy in the shop)

Centre d’Interpretació del Cava
c. de l’Hospital, 23
08770 Sant Sadurní d’Anoia

Cava Canals & Munné
Plaça de Pau Casals, 6
08770 Sant Sadurní d’Anoia

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  1. Meeta November 30, 2014

    The capital of Cava! I would like to immerse myself in Cava like this too. I have always found many people underrate Cava and go for the trendier prosecco however I have to say that over the years I have really learned to appreciate Cava! Thanks for the virtual trip!

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  2. Jeanne Horak-Druiff December 16, 2014

    I have always preferred cava to Champagne! :o) and judging by the fab cava we had last night, I was right to feel that way! Glorious images as always.

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  3. WOW, I want to immerse myself in cava after reading this very lively post! I have a bath! lol Looking forward to our Spanish adventure end of the month! x

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