One thing I love about traveling is getting to taste and try food and wine that is not readily accessible in the United States. With that in mind, I made sure to set aside a few hours in Barcelona for a wine tasting at Gran Bodega Maestrazgo.
Prior to our trip, I took a few hours to research wine tasting options within the city. While the wine tasting walking tours sound fun, but knowing our group’s preferences, I wanted something a bit more intimate. I finally stumbled upon Gran Bodega Maestrazgo, via Devour Barcelona‘s website. NOTE: If you are unfamiliar with their site, I recommend giving them a quick look.
Gran Bodega Maestrazgo is located in the El Born neighborhood and has been selling wine since 1952. This hidden gem is a bit unassuming from the outside, but do not let that fool you. It is what is on the inside that makes this place stand out from all the others.
While this is a traditional bodega that sells wines by the bottle or from a barrel; they also offer wines by the glass or wine tastings too. Customers have the option to choose from three different wine tasting experiences – bronze, silver, or gold. Plus there is a customized option for those who have a special request.
We decided to book a customized tasting, and it surpassed all of my expectations. Honestly, I think it was one of the best wine tasting experiences of my life.
Overall Impressions of Gran Bodega Maestrazgo:
The reservation process was painless. I sent the bodega an email with our request and quickly heard back by the fabulous Misty. Misty is one of the two English speaking contacts the bodega employs, so no need to worry about a language barrier. And they were incredibly accommodating, as we did book during the late afternoon when siesta was happening.
Our tasting started with a gorgeous local cava and a brief history and tour of the bodega. The tasting included an impressive selection of cheese, meats, and pieces of bread which paired perfectly with all the wines. We also requested a plate of the Jamon Iberico de Bellota they sell exclusively in their bodega too.
The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. They took their time to explain the history of the wine, winemakers, and region for each bottle we tasted. It was educational, but not stuffy which I have experienced with other wine tastings.
If you are looking to sit down with a fantastic glass of local wine and talk with experts, I would suggest visiting Gran Bodega Maestrazgo.
- Make a reservation! Gran Bodega Maestrazgo is a popular spot with locals and gets very crowded in the evenings.
- Give yourself 2 – 2.5 hours for the tasting.
- Order the Jamon Iberico de Bellota! It is worth the few extra dollars.
- There are two English speaking staff members, so no need to worry about your rusty high school Spanish.
- In Barcelona, they speak Catalan. Don’t worry as most people speak both Spanish and Catalan.
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Disclosure: All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for this review.