The vine of the lord
A wine bar with the name La Vinya del Senyor (the vine of the lord) carries a promise that is enhanced by it’s location just in front of the church of Santa Maria del Mar. No vineyards here, only the fruits of the vine in a bottle, served in a cute wine bar with a small terrace in the shadows of the church.
In summer you just sit down on the terrace order a cool glass of cava or white wine and watch the world pass by on one of the most enchanting squares of El Born. If you are lucky you might even see a the joyful wedding party. As one of the most nicely preserved examples of the Catalan Gothic style, Santa Maria del Mar is very much in demand for weddings, mainly on Saturdays.
In winter the tiny bar inside, on the ground floor of an ancient building, is your best option. There’s a table upstairs (the curved, kind of rickety stairs take you up to a small mezzanine) for those who want to sample by the bottle rather than the glass or want to stick their head outside on the first floor terrace for some people-watching.
A wine list as long as a medium size book
With a wine list as long as a medium size book this wine lovers bar gives you a lot to choose from. The wide variety of 350-400 wines on the wine list and a changing two-weekly selection of 20 wines by the glass doesn’t make things easier. On the other hand, the waiters are highly knowledgeable and help to pick the perfect wine to suit your taste, mood or budget. The price per glass might be a bit more expensive than a general bar in Barcelona, and some special wines only go per bottle, yet La Vinya del Senyor presents you with the opportunity to sample lot’s of different wines at your own leisurely pace.
A small selection of tasty tapas
There is a small selection of tasty tapas, if you want something to nibble on. We loved the selection of cheeses, the bread with olive oil and rock salt, as well as cold cuts like salami. Also available is the Catalan’s favourite Coca, a bread dough with a little oil (similar to a pizza base or flat bread) called Coca. Coca amb Recapte is so Catalan that it has an IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) status. Rumoured to be of Arab or Roman origin, the Coca was prepared for celebrations because it is easy to share and eat at any time without using cutlery.
“Recapte” means all or anything referring to the diversity of the ingredients, like pepper and / or aubergine, tuna, ham, egg, onion, sausage, raw sausage, sardines, olives, tomato, herring, anchovies, mushrooms, etc … but always well sprinkled with virgin olive oil. Contrary to pizza the “Coca amb Recapte or Coca de recapte” is a little “dirty”, in the sense that the ingredients are not cut and therefore will not crumble, they are mostly whole or large cuts. You also will not find ketchup or oregano on a Coca, in principle that is.
Although La Vinya del Senyor can be crowded at night, and a place “taken” by tourists, we wholeheartedly recommend it for the great selection and quality of wines and simple, tasty tapas. Here you can soak up some of the magic of the old city of Barcelona, though don’t forget to be streetwise too.
La Vinya del Senyor
Plaça de Santa Maria, 5, 08003 Barcelona
+34 93 3103379
Metro Jaume I or Barceloneta