A wine tour was something I really wanted to do during our trip to Spain. However, for obvious reasons, these tend to be adult oriented. After a lot of research I found Villarnau, which offered kid friendly tours. Not long after I learned that right next to it was the famous Simon Coll chocolate factory and also offered guided tours. I ended up booking tours of both of them and I am so happy I did. My whole family had a day filled of fun and deliciousness.
Now that my sons are getting older, I started thinking that maybe I’ll be able to pack more adventures in one day. They don’t get tired as easily anymore. I decided to try this during our trip to Spain. I booked a wine tour and a chocolate tour in the same day. Here I how it all went:
I visited Napa Valley over twenty years ago. This was when I first got hooked into wine tours. Since then, whenever I’m in an area where one is offered, I do all I can to go.
As you can imagine, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go on a wine tour while in Spain. However, there are a few things you should consider when traveling with kids if you want to go in these tours.
1. Not all wineries allow kids under a certain age, usually around sixteen.
2. The ones that do allow kids to visit don’t have anything special for them to do.
What I wanted from a wine tour was an educational yet fun experience for my sons. However, finding a place that would be able to accommodate their needs was hard. But then I found Cava Vilarnau Wine Tours.
NOTE: Cava is a kind of wine just like champagne. However, since Champagne is a region in France, in Spain they call it Cava. It’s sparkling wine.
Why Vilarnau Is the Specialist in Family Friendly Wine Tours
My challenge was to find a family-friendly wine tour, so I had to do an extended search. Just as I was about to give up Vilarnau popped up. I was thrilled!
When I contacted them, Georgina, their media and PR specialist, was as delighted to talk to me as I was to her. She told me that as part of an expansion program they had just started a full kid-friendly educational tour about the entire process.
When we arrived in Spain, we were able to do the adult part of the tour with her.
My kids joined us in the same tour but they were joined by two other lovely guys who took care of them and explained everything in a fun and simple way. This allowed them to understand and enjoy the whole experience.
At the end of the tour we have a tasting of the Cavas and also the local foods.
The kids also get a tasting but they don’t get the actual Cava. They taste the local grapes in a juice form. During this time they are taught about the different flavors they have.
The tour for kids also includes arts and crafts with their guides.
My husband and I really enjoyed the experience but I still wasn’t sure about my kids. That was until we got back in the car, where my oldest son wouldn’t stop talking about all of the fun facts he learned. This was great news for me. All that time spent on research was worth the trouble.
FUN FACT: The winery has been working hard to become 100% sustainable and not rely on the water supply and other factors.
It was time for the second part of our day. This was the one my boys were most excited about.
We are all chocolate lovers so a visit to the most popular chocolatiers in Spain, Simon Coll, was a must! Casa Simón has been making artisanal chocolate since 1840. They also produce the traditional “turrones” (nougat).
The place is located only 45 minutes away from Barcelona and right next to Vilarnau.
These two attractions are a bit away from all of the fun in the center of Barcelona, so they started working together to offer a fun day for families. Simon Coll is a restaurant specializing in tasty local Catalan cuisine.
The whole tour at Simon Coll takes less than one hour. During that time, you get tons of facts and interactive activities. It was a lot of fun to learn all about the process that cocoa beans go through in the factory until they becomes delicious pieces of chocolate.
However, everyone’s favorite part of the whole experience here was the end, where you get to taste some of their best varieties.
During the tour you get:
– To see an audiovisual show that takes you for a journey into the origins, the culture, the history and the process of how Simón Coll makes chocolate.
– To watch the pilot production line at work, making chocolate.
– To taste some chocolate straight off the line.
These two places showed us some of the best time that we had while visiting Barcelona, Spain.