The Wine Road is a 40km journey along an ancient route linking Viñas del Penedès to the beaches at Garraf. With a starting point at Sant Martí Sarroca Castle in Sitges, it is the first Wine Road that can be visited by electric vehicle in the whole of Spain, in a joint private initiative by the 13 wineries along the route, with the support of 7 municipalities. All of them have joined forces to promote this innovative idea and to revive interest in a commercial route that was used back in Roman times to export Penedès wines worldwide.
The route features visits to different wineries along the way in addition to other places of interest for tourists, from the remains of the Iberian civilization to Modernist attractions, castles, and local popular and traditional architecture, rounded off by a wide assortment of cultural attractions and cuisine. See this link for all relevant information: (http://www.lacarreteradelvi.com).
Because this is a route conceived for vehicles, the promoters of the initiative have joined forces with Nissan, which has developed a car sharing scheme for visitors to make the journey by electric vehicle. This is a very tempting way of visiting the different wineries and towns and villages along the route, ending the journey with a dip in the sea at Sitges, for instance, if the weather is fine. With this car sharing initiative, there is no need for visitors to own a car or to worry about where to park. Just take a train to Vilafranca del Penedès and in Saba carpark in Plaza Penedès
https://www.google.es/maps/search/parking+saba+plaçafirstname.lastname@example.org,1.7009578,17z?dcr=0, a Nissan LEAF or e-NV200, perfect for families or groups, will await you. Just register first on the following website,
https://www.glide.rcimobility.com/#/subscribe/5cf1c497-1b1a-4749-a6a6-67d3fddbd3b4, download the mobile app and check that you have your driving license with you. There are several charge points along the way and the vehicles are hired by the hour. For an easily affordable price (far more competitive than a petrol-driven car), you will have a noiseless eco-friendly car much more akin to traditional ways of travelling along the route, since a horse and cart was the main means of travel for local tradespeople until well into the 20th century.
Vehicles provide a freedom second to none. You can plan a weekend trip, taking things in more leisurely style by staying overnight at one of the charming little hotels along the way. Stop off in Bajo Ribes, in the municipality of Sant Pere de Ribes, and visit the medieval architecture, in addition to San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla Churches and Olèrdola Castle, with its breath-taking views. As for food, sample a coca de recapte (a pastry topped with baked tomato, aubergine, pepper and sometimes fish or butifarra sausage) at Cal Ton or a zarzuela de pescado y marisco (fish and shellfish stew) at Cal Manelet
In the afternoon, you can visit Torres, or Finca Viladellops: two examples of the wineries along the route, where you can taste different wines and learn about the history of winemaking and the process itself. They are well worth a visit, and the beauty of the estates alone makes them a delight for the senses. They are enchantingly peaceful, with architecture often made of age-old stone, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city and its hurried pace of life.
Following these fascinating visits, continue your journey in your electric car, without the headache of petrol stations or having to pay toll fees. This is a good trip to make at any time of year and for all age groups. It is perfect for couples, friends, families and for the elderly. A great weekend break with a Mediterranean flavour, particularly now that the good weather is just round the corner!