On a sunny day, in Port de la Selva, a panoramic view of a vineyard. In the foreground, a sign informs that the grapes are Garnacha variety. Image by Oscar Rodbag.
The 8th edition of Vívid, the Empordà wine tourism festival, returns this April with seventy wine tourism activities, fifteen of which are accessible. Vívid is an initiative promoted by the DO Empordà Wine Route Marketing Club of the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board with the support and participation of the DO Empordà Regulatory Council, DO Empordà wineries, local councils and tourism companies. Together they make April the month of wine tourism in the Costa Brava.
Sponsor a vine
The Wine Festival kicks off on 27 March at La Vinyeta. The winery in Mollet de Peralada offers the popular planting of a vine. The experience will be accompanied by a traditional breakfast at the foot of the vineyard. The activity is accessible for visually impaired people and will be carried out with reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Wines and cheeses
The Martín Faixó winery in Cadaqués offers a guided tour of its winery. The experience, which will take place on 2nd and 3rd April, will be combined with a picnic with a variety of km 0 artisan cheeses and a tasting of Martín Faixó wines. This activity is accessible to people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people.
The Arché Pagès winery in Capmany is organising a pairing of cheeses and unique wines with sommelier Ramón Roset, the new director of Vinari, the Catalan wine awards. This activity will take place on 9th April and is accessible to visually impaired people.
Bodegas Mas Vida, in Cistella, offers Beu-te la VIDA! (Drink the life!), a meeting to enjoy wine, cheese and music. It will take place on 10th April and is accessible to people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people.
The Empordàlia wine pairing is also about Catalan wines and cheeses. This is a tasting of five wines paired with six different types of cheese to learn the art of pairing. This activity, organised by the Empordàlia Cooperative, will take place on 9th April and is accessible to people with reduced mobility. On 16th April there will be a pairing with chocolate.
The art of pairing
Five DO Empordà wineries will accompany the chef-director of Es Portal Hotel Gastronòmic, Joan Carles Sánchez, at Wine in the glass, wine on the plate. This is a tasting menu of five dishes made with different wines and paired with the same wine in the glass. The activity will take place on 15th and 29th April, and is accessible to people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people.
The Agrobodega El Parral offers Wine in dance, a traditional dance performance by the Esbart Dansaire from Castelló d’Empúries scheduled for 24th April. The activity is accessible for people with reduced mobility.
Mas Oller, with the help of the expert chef in botanical pairings Iolanda Bustos, offers a tasting of three wines paired with three tapas made with flowers from the surroundings of the winery, in Torrent. Wines and flowers is the essence of the landscape in the glass and on the plate. A world of sensations planned for 15th April and accessible to people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people.
Wine, landscape and heritage
The Romanesque cloister of Sant Domènec of Peralada will bear witness to the battle of Garnatxa versus Carignan wines, the two most versatile grape varieties in the Empordà. This tasting of six wines and two sweet wines will take place on 9th April and is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Also on 9th April, to discover the landscape and wines of the Albera and Cap de Creus areas, Sk Kayak is offering Enocaiac, a kayak trip combined with a wine tasting at the wineries Hugas de Batlle in Colera, Mas Estela in Selva de Mar and Martín Faixó in Cadaqués. The sommelier Vanesa Martin will prepare the wine selection. Sk Kayak is a sea kayak centre specialising in nature outings and has experience guiding people with sensory, physical or cognitive disabilities.
Several DO Empordà wineries will be the protagonists of a wine tasting as part of the VIII Roses Wine Festival. In front of the sea gate of the Citadel of Roses, there will be gastronomic tastings and fun and participatory activities to promote knowledge of wine. There will also be a Vino Kids area with family workshops. The event will be held on 24th April and is accessible to people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people.
You can consult all the inclusive activities of Vívid in the inclusive activities section of the festival’s website. Choose and enjoy a wine!