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KelsieGleason Kelsie Gleason

  • 28 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Barcelona, Spain

Visions and Revisions: Discovering the Culture of Barcelona

This journal will serve as a collection of my experiences, observations, and reflections over the next four months of cultural immersion in Barcelona.

Spanish Wine Country

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Mar 09, 2011
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            Yesterday I took my family on a tour of the Catalan wine country. We took the Renfe train out to the Penedes region, stopping at Torres Winery first. We watched a movie about the history of the company and the 7 generations of family members that have run it, and then we got on a train to tour the vineyard. We saw where they grew the grapes and which types of grapes make which wine. We learned about the winemaking process and toured the cellar and the packaging plant. The company is big on sustainability, so they use the organic waste from the vines and grape skins for cosmetics and fertilizer, and are working on developing a way to use it for energy. We basically got a private tour of the vineyard since the only other people in the group were 2 Russians who kept going off on their own. As our tour guide said, “Russians always do their own thing…” whatever that means.

            Our stop at Codorniu was a lot more crowded and even more fun than Torres. We started out the same way by watching a movie about the family history of the company and its cava (champagne). Then we walked over to a museum with old grape presses, barrels, etc and walked down a staircase that took us 20 meters below ground to the cellars. The cellar was full of bottles lining dark narrow hallways. It was like a maze navigating down there, but our guide drove us around on a little train and he seemed to know where he was going. He even had some good pick up lines for me-- Him: “Do you believe in angels?” Me: “I guess so.” Him: “Good, because I believe in you!” We had a great time joking with the guide, wandering through some of the party rooms in the cellar, and sampling the cava. Definitely a great day!

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