Vila Viniteca: the best place for cheese and wine in Barcelona
Article updated 10 May, 2017.
A tip for foodies! Do not miss Barcelona's Vila Viniteca, as you will fall head over heels for this charming traditional boutique.
Opened in 1932 in a small street in the Born, Vila Viniteca is a constantly expanding family business.
Well known and highly regarded throughout Spain as much as Catalonia, and even beyond, the charming and authentic store is one of Barcelona’s prized institutions!
Vila Viniteca, a family history
Since 1932, the Born residents have bought fruit and vegetables at Vila Viniteca. The owners were first established as market gardeners and grocers but expanded their range to provide wine and liqueurs to the local restaurants.
In 1992, the Vila Viniteca concept as it exists today was already visible: two shops facing each other, one devoted to food and the other to wine.
Today it is the founders’ grandchildren who run the Vila Vinateca. Friendly and smiley they are a constant presence in the store in the middle of the customers and products.
Impressive selection of wines
The dazzling Vila Viniteca
“Wow!” is what every new customer thinks when walking through the door of the wine shop. From floor to ceiling, all the walls are covered with bottles, and little aisles have also been created for boxes full of various vintages.
Catalonia and Spain are of course represented, but there are also wines from around 55 countries and the store distributes bottles in more than 200 regions around the world.
Buying at Vila Viniteca
How to choose from such a range? It’s not that hard as the staff are all experts in wine, and they all speak English.
In terms of price, it varies a lot: the most expensive bottle is a 1945 Mouton-Rotschild sold for the fashionable sum of 15 000 euros, but the least expensive bottle only costs around 2 euros.
Wine tasting at Vila Viniteca
Vila Viniteca is a true symbol of the area and since 1994, it has organised every November the Fiesta del Vino Joven (festival of young wine) in the streets of the Born.
It’s a really nice initiative where the new wines of over 30 winemakers are presented. For around 5 euros you can taste lots of different wines accompanied by tapas made by the most popular restaurants in the area.
La Teca: cheese and delicatessen
A palette of 350 cheeses
La Teca is the oldest part of the Vila Viniteca, as it’s where the founders sold their fruits and vegetables in the 1930s. It is still possible to buy them there now, but it’s no longer their specialty.
The modern symbol of la Teca is actually cheese, with 350 sorts available each week. They are are all fine and handmade.
Quality and tasting
Besides cheeses, there are Ibérico hams, olive oils, spices and chocolate…what they have in common is the high level of quality that the owners ensure by working closely with all of their suppliers.
A little restaurant corner is set up at the back of the store to allow customers to sample some of the products along with the appropriate wines.
A heap of prizes and distinctions
Vila Viniteca supplies the biggest hotels and restaurants in the city. Its principal director, Quim Vila, was awarded the Professional of the year award in 2007 by the Catalan Gastronomic Academy, and he received the medal of agricultural merit from the French Minister for Agriculture, as well as many other awards.
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