The dream of buying your very own Spanish vineyard may not be as distant as you think. Affordable country estates with vines and wine-making production facilities can be discovered in some of Spain’s most beautiful regions. We take a look at 3 of them – Alella in the Maresme, Penedès and the Empordà region on the Costa Brava.
Alella, Maresme’s most prized wine-growing region, is one of the smallest D.O or appellations in Spain, with just 300 hectares of vineyards and only 9 registered wineries. Only 20 minutes from Barcelona by car or train, Alella is particularly well known for its Cavas which have been served in some of the best restaurants in the world.
Wineries in the region are focused on quality and owners are passionate about what they do. The most important white grape varieties in Alella are Xarel·lo (or Pansa Blanc) and Chardonnay, whilst the reds tend to be blends of Merlot, Garnacha, and Tempranillo.
10 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
Size 450m² (4,843ft²)
Plot size 30,000m² (322,917ft²)
This stunning Catalan Masia offers half a hectare of vineyards, producing a light white wine for which the region is renowned. The estate also boasts a mature garden with stunning views, stables, ponds and a 100,000 litre reservoir.
6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
Size 400m² (4,305ft²)
Plot size 30,000m² (322,917ft²)
A rare opportunity to acquire a home with vineyards producing wine for a nearby winery. Situated on a hill, this property offers panoramic views of Maresme and the Mediterranean. Other features include solar panels, a water well, a swimming pool and fenced plot. The house is in need of some updating.
7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms
Size 608m² (6,544ft²)
Plot size 18,130m² (195,149ft²)
This home is ideal for wine lovers thanks to its location in the heart of wine-loving Alella with its numerous bars, restaurants and bodegas. The apartment is situated in the listed ‘Can Llimona’ building which dates back to the late 19th Century and is part of Alella’s rich heritage. Features include a vegetable garden, a shared pool, fruit trees and even a small forest. What’s not to like?
Situated under an hour’s drive from Barcelona, Penedès is one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain. Its most well known wines include sparkling white and a rosé Cava (made from the Xarel·lo Macabeo and Parellada grape) as well as dry reds, dry whites and dessert white wines. Winemaking in the region goes back to the ancient Romans, thanks to the Mediterranean climate as well as the limestone, sand and clay soil.
10 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms
Size 2,500m² (26,909ft²)
Plot size 27ha (2,906,253ft²
A unique country estate whose land was previously used for agricultural activities such as wine and oil production as well as livestock. The estate still houses the wine museum on the ground floor. The property dates back to the 14th Century and still retains some of its original features such as walls, battlements and front door. A truly historic home.
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
Size 376m² (4,047ft²)
Plot size 4,800m² (51,666ft²)
If you like solitude and beautiful views, this country home is perfect. Located in the heart of Penedès, the property is surrounded by rows of vineyards and mountains. Other features include a large garden, pool and barbecue area. Lots of potential to adapt and expand, the home also includes its own separate guest annexe.
15 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms
Size 725m² (7,803ft²)
Plot size 1,360m² (14,638ft²)
A chance to have business in one of Spain’s most beautiful settings. The current owners currently earn around €80,000 annually from the rental of these for charming refurbished houses. Features include a salt water pool and a 1000-year-old tower. Located in the heart of Penedès, it is a dream scenario for all wine lovers.
The rolling vineyards of the D.O Empordà-Costa Brava is another of Spain’s smaller Denominations of Origin, offering just under 3,000 hectares. In recent years it has become renowned for both its local and international variety of grape. Some new and exciting wines have been produced in the Empordà region in recent years, raising the profile of the region. Traditionally, the area was known for its family-owned cellars specialising in sweet wines and light rosé wines. Nowadays young red wines are becoming more well known.
7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms
Size 790m² (8,503ft²)
Plot size 15ha (1,614,585ft²)
This is a fully working wine estate, working ounder the D.O of Empordà. It has been in the same family since the 19th Century. Boasting 15 hectares of land and a natural swimming pool, this is ideal for those who love space, beauty and tranquility. The estate includes an underground wine cellar for the production of 4 different wines using modern installations. There is also the opportunity of increasing wine production including Cava. A great investment opportunity.
Price on request
6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms
Size 1,300m² (13,993ft²)
Plot size 80ha (8,611,120ft²)
Situated 250 metres above sea level, this exceptional country estate boasts its own private vineyards (10 hectares) and 4,500 olive trees. The 18th Century stone property has been fully restored and includes lawn gardens, a pool and its own guest/staff quarters. There is the potential of expanding the vineyards and olive groves, subject to permission from the Town Hall. Wine and olive oil production facilities are on-site and are fully functioning.
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
Size 285m² (3,067ft²)
Plot size 140m² (1,506ft²)
Enjoy village life whilst being within a short drive of the Costa Brava’s beautiful beaches. Renovated in 2007, this pretty homes includes a well kept garden and a pool. As well as being in the heart of wine country, this property is within the Baix Empordà’s ‘Golden Triangle’, a short drive to the beautiful villages of Begur, Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell.