Barcelona is full of fantastic architecture, designer food and plenty of Penedès wine. LAURENCE WEINBERGER visits the Spanish city.

Barcelona is one of the world’s great Cinderella stories. In less than 30 years this modern metropolis has transformed itself from a gritty dockside industrial centre, into a gregarious design-obsessed Euro-capital, favoured by those who like the finer things in life. Home to Gaudi, Picasso, numerous architectural wonders (including the as yet unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral), as well as a thriving café society and electric nightlife, it is easy to forget that Barcelona is also an amazing place to eat and drink.
Nestled at the heart of two premium Spanish wine countries – the Penedès, home to Decanter’s Man of the Year, Miguel Torres, and the exciting, quality driven Priorato region, there is never a shortage of good wine on offer – or good food to go with it. Regardless of whether you are sipping Cava and nibbling on tapas in a bodega in the cobblestoned old city, sampling a fragrant glass of Sangre de Toro with Catalan classics in a breezy bistro terrace, or enjoying the artistic culinary creations of one of the city’s designer dens – you’ll discover that the best way to Barcelona’s heart is through your stomach.

Barcelona is one of the world’s great Cinderella stories. In less than 30 years this modern metropolis has transformed itself from a gritty dockside industrial centre, into a gregarious design-obsessed Euro-capital, favoured by those who like the finer things in life. Home to Gaudi, Picasso, numerous architectural wonders (including the as yet unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral), as well as a thriving café society and electric nightlife, it is easy to forget that Barcelona is also an amazing place to eat and drink.
Nestled at the heart of two premium Spanish wine countries – the Penedès, home to Decanter’s Man of the Year, Miguel Torres, and the exciting, quality driven Priorato region, there is never a shortage of good wine on offer – or good food to go with it. Regardless of whether you are sipping Cava and nibbling on tapas in a bodega in the cobblestoned old city, sampling a fragrant glass of Sangre de Toro with Catalan classics in a breezy bistro terrace, or enjoying the artistic culinary creations of one of the city’s designer dens – you’ll discover that the best way to Barcelona’s heart is through your stomach.

Written by LAURENCE WINBERGER