Sample a slice of Catalan life with Ariane and Rainer who count local winemakers among their friends; lovely wines can be sampled from the honesty bar. This 19th-century burnt-yellow farmhouse – a welcoming family home – sits in a quiet residential area. Great stone floors in the living room surround a huge sandstone pillar that glows in firelight during winter. Outside, mulberry trees grow and are harvested to make a delicious sweet sauce for ice cream. Fruity by name, charming by nature, rooms like ‘Melocotón’ shelter sweet wrought-iron four-poster beds and little sinks in the corner; some have a terrace for sitting out. Pool, mountains and vines fill the magnificent east-facing view (imagine the sunrises…) before it plunges toward Vall de Penedés; the self-catering apartment is a stable renovation with a fabulous terrace overlooking vineyards. Catalan specialities like fideuà and butifarra are enjoyed outside under the tree by candlelight once a week. A relaxed place run by relaxed people, where families can feel at home; popular, too, with those planning vineyard visits.