One of the highlights of my recent jaunt through Costa Brava, Spain, was the exquisite food and wine: our meals were made up of fresh Mediterranean food, punctuated with some of the best wines in the world – from Priorat wine to Freixenet cava (Spanish version of champagne). At Celler Martin Faixo, we sampled the best in the region against the stunning backdrop of Cap de Creus.
Arriving at Celler Martin Faixo, we were greeted by the vast greenery and gorgeous landscapes that enveloped the winery. Extensive hills of vineyards and meadows spread for miles. In the center of it all was the masia, a Roman villa made up of stones and rocks from the area. Dating back to the 13th century, the beautiful villa has been refurbished to house the sprawling cellar, rooms and restaurant.
Run by the Martin Faixo family, the cellar was first started with an aim to recover the wine originally produced in the region by their grandparents. Now, having restored the masia and winery to its original glory, the family is making wine-production their pasttime. “ We do it for passion and preserve our culture, not for anything else. We want to sell not just our product but also our culture,” says Ester, the manager of the winery.
Unique Wine Flavors
Wine produced in this area, known as Cap de Creus, has its own unique flavor. The winery’s in-house wine-maker Joan Benejamvidal tells me why, “The land here is very stressful on the grape plants, so they need to extend their roots deep underground for water, therefore giving the wine an extraordinary flavor.”
Here at Celler Martin Faixo, there is a good selection of home-grown wine on offer: Merlot, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Marsala. These wines are of course accompanied by local fare – such as the escalibada (aubergine and capisicum salad), jamón iberico, tomato toast and preserved anchovies.
An All-Encompassing Experience
Costa Brava is a rising star in Spain’s wine tourism industry, with Celler Martin Faixo setting the golden standards. Besides serving up high-standard homegrown wine along with matching cuisine, the winery provides comfortable B&B-style accommodation. The rooms are tastefully decorated in modern country-style and range from 2-storey studio lofts to simple double bedrooms – all looking out to the green vineyards and valley. (Room prices are 150euros/night including breakfast – click for more information).
For travelers interested in learning more about wine, Celler Martin Faixo invites guests to get involved with the wine-picking process and get to learn how wine is made in their cellar. As a guest here, I felt like I was family friend here to visit and know more about the Martin Faixo’s home.
What to See Around the Area
With its location close to the coast, there is plenty to do in the Cap de Creus area. The picturesque town of Cadaqués is 10 minutes away by car, as well as the Casa de Dali at Portlligat and the Monastery of San Pedro de Roda. If you’re looking to soak in nature, there is a network of hiking trails and countryside to explore. For those planning to visit Costa Brava, be sure to rent a car to explore the surrounding region.