Gastronomy Museums: Drinks
We started the trilogy of gastronomic museums: Drink, food and desserts, typical and traditional Catalan cuisine ingredients.
Wine Museum. Museum of Wine Culture of Catalonia
Plaza Jaume I, 5, 08720 Vilafranca del Penedès – Alt Penedès
VINSEUM is located in different buildings of the town, between buildings depicting the history of Catalan Gothic. The main building is a medieval palace of the Catalan-Aragonese crown, built between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Temporary exhibitions are held in the Gothic chapel of Sant Pelegri, burned in 1934 and over time transformed into a memorial of the fascist side during the Spanish Civil War. Through heritage conservation, which is deposited, reflects and diffuses our culture as a reference center. VINSEUM has an extraordinary background, the more than 17,000 pieces are part of a set of collections that are essential to complete the story of a territory marked from remote times by the cultivation of the vine and wine production control.
The Cooperative Winery and Wine Museum
Josep M. Rendé 5, Espluga de Francolí – Conca de Barberà
The cooperative winery Espluga of Francolí is the flagship building of the modernist wineries in Catalonia. Àngel Guimerà (dramaturg, polític and poet in Catalan language) dedicates the nickname “The Cathedral of Wine”. It was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his son executed the work in 1913, also an architect, Pere Domènech i Roure.
It currently houses the Wine Museum, structured in three levels of the building. At first underground level, enabling the old vats, history, cultivation and winemaking is exposed. The second level, among them tubs, is intended to explain the modern winemaking. Finally, in a third level above the majestic tubs, the building is exposed as a gem of the modernist work.
The arrangement of the winery is similar to that of other contemporary buildings: three rectangular and parallel warehouses, individualized twofold roofs and other craft positioned perpendicularly to the above. In the structure of the winery found the whole modernist genius. Pere Domènech designed a cross-pillar system that become arches that make the function of arches and forming a ship (solutions already in the medieval architecture).
The warehouses, of 44 by 12 meters, housed a total of 40 reinforced concrete tubs of 340 hectoliters each, apart from some underground tanks. The perpendicular warehouse is slightly smaller (13 and 8 meters) and housed the dock entrance and the engine room (with art presses). Annex this ship, the winery available a laboratory to have better control of the entire production process.
Liquor old factory – Fassina Balanyà
Plaza del Mil·lenari, 1. 43440 l’Espluga de Francolí – Conca de Barberà
The Fassina Balanyà is a liquor old distillery originate in the 1830’s. Through the old restored machinery explained the production process for obtaining liquor and derived from the skin of the grape.
The visit to the Fassina Balanyà begins with an audiovisual presentation, visit the old factory museum and ends with a distillation live and liquor tasting.
The entrance to the Museum Fassina Balanyà is the Tourist Office of l’Espluga, with which it shares reception.
Ramon Canals cava museum – CAVES CANALS CANALS
Av. Montserrat 9. 08769 Castellví de Rosanes – Baix Llobregat
The Ramon Canals Cava Museum is located in the Canals Canals cellars in Castellví de Rosanes, a small town located 30 minutes from Barcelona.
The museum has a collection of more than 300 books viticulture and winemaking since 1839, include the first treaty of enology 1867 and a regional map of the province of Barcelona published by the Council in 1882.
The various collections of the Cava Museum are grouped into three themed rooms: Glass Room, Room Viticulture, Enology Room, Archaeology and Library. In the Glass Room (Sala del Vidrio), we find a magnificent collection of glasses from around the world, the most ancient (Venice 1830) i more modern single and unique design, accompanied by jugs, carafes of the beginning of the century and a large assortment of Catalan typical glasses.
In the living viticulture with exterior views are the tools of the field and vineyard plowed wood and iron, fertilize to fertilize manuals pressure and animal traction, pitchforks, pruners, tools boatman,…
The living library enology and retains the most unique parts of the museum: an Egyptian sarcophagus, craters and Greek kylix the fourth century BC, Roman amphorae I-II centuries a.d., boat boots of 1830, wooden presses XVI -XVII-XIII-XIX and XX, a valuable collection of unique microscopes manufactured between 1820 and 1920, copper stills, pear wine transfer pumps, meters of clay, copper and metal, machines for grape stomp, roller wood and iron tools, we to vent boots, boiler to sterilize… and one of the first lines processing machines imported from France in 1875 cava, and the format of the first bottles of cava, different systems covered until the present.
c/ Vallroquetes, 7. 43201 Reus – Baix Camp
The modernist building completely renovated and retains the original facade of 1918 Vermouth Museum is located in the center of the city of Reus. Designed by local architect Pere Caselles during 1918.
This collection consists of over 1,300 bottles, 300 billboards, 3,000 labels, as well as hundreds of commercial objects and documents; postcards, ashtrays, cards, keychains, openers, cars, glasses or decorative figures. The pieces in the collection are displayed in the different spaces of the museum, “the intention is that the pieces can be found anywhere in the building, on the vermutería and restaurant are also all kinds of items”. Admission to the museum is free.
Vermouth is a liqueur flavored with herbs, formed from neutral good quality wine, a touch of absinthe or donzell and other bitter and tonic species. There are hundreds of products to marinate this liquor, which can be combined in a thousand different ways. In the mix of botanicals (roots, plants, flowers and spices) fall on the key flavoring good vermouth.
The building Vermouth Museum houses a modern Mediterranean restaurant and proximity, the dishes the author finds a letter full of flavors. The various canned foods of premium and traditional tapas complete this new dining experience in Reus. A unique vermutería which becomes the perfect spot to enjoy the pleasure of a drink or a meal.
The Restaurant at the Museum of Vermouth has two floors with four thematic areas; on the ground floor is the bar, decorated with hundreds of bottles of vermouth; a large sunroom and Space Martini, decorated with objects and posters of this popular brand of Italian vermouth. Climbing the stairs to the first floor are located the other 3 spaces, baptized with current Reus vermouth brands: Miró, Yzaguirre and Iris.