European University MBA students had the opportunity of visiting two of the most renowned and long-standing wine-makers in Spain, during one of the industrial visits that is organized as part of the MBA in Leisure & Tourism. During the morning, the guided tour took EU's MBA students, accompanied by their academic coordinator, to the Freixenet property at Alt Penedès, La Freixeneda, where it all started more than two centuries ago. Students were treated to a very interesting exhibition that dealt with the differences between cava (which is sparkling wine with Denominación de Origen) and champagne, and its economic consequences for the wine industry in Catalonia.
After a swift lunch, it was back to the world of wine with a visit to Bodegas Torres, where European University students were taken on a visit through the wine cellars, the barrels aged for more than 30 years and the traditional process of wine-making by another of the top companies in Spain, Bodegas Torres. Founded in 1870, Torres boasts one of the best-known brands in wines, liquors and beverages in Spain.
The students returned to Barcelona after a day spent in the countryside, which was very much appreciated not only as a business and economic learning visit, but also as a cultural experience, one of the cornerstones of European University programs.