“I’m Chardonnay and I’m from France!” I yell out, doing a half turn and then a majestic bow. My fellow bloggers do the same.
We’re on a press trip organized by Costa Barcelona, and our first stop is the Alta Alella winery. It’s the closest vineyard to Barcelona, located 2 km from the Mediterranean Sea between the small towns of Alella and Tiana. Alta Alella’s organic wines are in the menus of some of the best restaurants of the world and we’re having fun tasting them all – and then participating in a workshop that is aimed at getting kids interested and active and having fun learning about viticulture.
My transformation into a grape happened very quickly. I merely followed the instruction of our group leader, who has us all pick a card which had the name of a grape on it and then close our eyes. When we opened them magically we were grapes! As you can guess, I picked Chardonnay, but my colleagues were Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and local grapes Pansa Blanca, Pansa Rosada, Paraellada. They are all key to making Alta Alella wines.
We sat crossed-legged in a circle and threw a cork to each other, having to name the “grape” we were throwing to (thankfully we had name tags). Next we all stood up and introduced ourselves as our “grape”, embellishing with a funny move, which everyone had to copy. I could imagine my girls having a ball with this.
The ice sufficiently broken, we embarked on a tour of the vineyard. We were divided into teams and roamed the vineyard as grapes. Of course I was in the Chardonnay group, and we stuck close together and moved fast! Our Pansa Blanca opponents took a bit longer to finish their journey. This was mirroring grape’s natural growing patterns, and it was a was clever way to educate us.
I’ve been to lots of vineyards with kids programmes and this is one of the most innovative, especially when it comes to learning about viticulture in a way kids can understand.
If you are in the area book the kids workshop (you need to book in groups). I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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