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Spain Wine Tour

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This wine escape is an indulgent three-day, two-night, six-winery, lots-of-great-food-along-the-way eno-adventure through Catalonia’s most famous wine regions, DO Penedès and DOQ Priorat. The Catalonia wine tasting experience includes exclusive winery visits and tastings in six charming wineries, all meals from pick-up to drop-off, and charming country accommodation at a Priorat winery and at a Penedès "bio-hotel". With your knowledgeable Spanish trails guide, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit some unique sites along the way and to soak up the unique history and culture of Catalunya.

Highlights

  • Private visits and tastings in 6 wineries
  • Enjoy entrance and tour at three monasteries
  • Knowledgeable and personable, English-speaking wine guide
  • 3 great lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts in restaurants and wineries
  • Stay in a Priorat winery and a Penedès country inn
  • Free transport in a modern touring van
  • 2 nights country accommodation

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3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

Night 1

You will get settled in a cozy room that is adorned with a vineyard and sunset views in Gratallops.

Night 2

You will stay in a quaint farmhouse bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Penedès. This hotel is the perfect place to relax and get in touch with the countryside.

Program

This multi-day private tour for two to six people can be customized to fit with the interest of each group, be it romantic, friends, family, or work colleagues.

Day 1: D.O. Penedès

You will begin your multi-day trip by heading south to the DO Penedès to visit two small, organic vineyards in the Alt Penedès (upper Penedès region). Alt Penedès is known for its smaller-batch, more specialized wines, and the vineyards. It is here where you will be visiting and tasting wines that have been chosen specifically due to their amazing grape growing, winemaking traditions, and the products they produce every year regardless of climate inconsistencies.

The morning stop will consist of a tour of the fields and winery, a presentation by the resident winemaker as well as a 4-product tasting suited to your interests. The lunch venue is a lovely presentation of specialized local fare with wine pairing.

Following lunch, you will drive a short distance to the second vineyard, where you will begin with a short trip to the fields for a brief history of the family tradition and a very interesting look at the organic farming process of the past and present and an explanation of the equipment used to elaborate their style of wine, the storage processes, and the bottling methods. Afterward, head to the tasting room for very generous tastings of whites, reds, and a reserve cava.

The late afternoon is a beautiful drive to the Priorat region and a stop at one of the 800-1000-year-old monasteries along the way for a look at not only some of the best examples of Romanesque architecture (10-12th century) but to also see where the regions wine traditions were carried on by the monks well beyond the region’s past resident Romans (2nd-4th century).

The dramatic, steep hills (costers) you move through on your journey to the heart of the Priorat is an introduction to a corner of the world you will not soon forget. Moving along from this, your next stop is Gratallops, where they will get you settled in your cozy room that is adorned with vineyard and sunset views before you come downstairs for a private wine tasting and a delicious dinner of local fare with the resident winemaker.

This winery is run by Christopher Cannan, who is known for being one of the first in the region (along with Alvaro Palacios, Rene Barbier, and Josep Lluis Perez) and is quite a charming character. Their wines are produced with their own grapes from old vines, without watering the vines and without using insecticides or any other synthetic products. After having a fantastic dinner in the winery, you can then relax for a while before heading to bed.

Day 2: DOQ Priorat

You will begin the second day of your wine escape with a gourmet breakfast of local delicacies including artisan cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and homemade yogurt. Your guide will meet you at your bed and breakfast and you will begin your day in the incredibly beautiful and rugged Priorat wine region.

During the first part of your day, visit the tiny village of Morera de Montsant to take in the stunning views at the foothills of Montsant. From there, you will be able to look over the entire region and your guide will give you a quick orientation. Afterward, duck into a small winery perched on the hill for a three-product tasting of terrific Priorat wines.

Then, walk downhill on a short nature hike, along a picturesque trail to the monastery of Escala Dei. At the end of your hike, enjoy a quick tour of the monastery and then head into the small village for an olive oil demonstration. Once you reach Escala Dei, you will have a rustic lunch in a charming little countryside restaurant. The food is local seasonal fare and is absolutely delicious!

After lunch, drive to the tiny village of Porrera to meet with Paco Castillo-Serrano of the family-run Clos Dominic winery, to tour their beautiful vineyards and taste their fabulous vintages. This old-vine vineyard (with some vines over 100 years old) was purchased by Paco and his wife, Dominique, in 1998 when they began to fulfill their dream of creating their own wines. To this day, they manage and harvest their vineyards with help only from family and friends.

Following your visit to Porrera, begin driving north once again and reach a quaint farmhouse bed and breakfast in the heart of Penedès. This hotel is the perfect place to relax and get in touch with the countryside. Once checked in, you can relax on the grounds for a while until you sit down for a great dinner of deliciously prepared ecologic dishes. There, you can enjoy some of the great local wines stocked at the hotel and turn them in for the evening.

Day 3: Country air, country lanes, relaxing, wine, food, and Montserrat

After a nice country breakfast of bread, meats, cheeses, and homemade marmalade, you will have the late morning to yourselves. They will give you some time to stroll through the local countryside and vineyards or just relax around the country house. They will come to pick you up around noon and head to your final winery for a catered lunch and wine tasting at the Finca (country estate) of a local farmer and winemaker just a few miles down the road.

This visit is a great finale for your wine odyssey with a "flight" of some of the region’s best natural brut cava, white, rosé, and red wine. They recommend taking this incredible opportunity to just relax and leisurely eat, chat, and drink great wine.

On the way back to Barcelona, you have a scheduled stop at the Montserrat monastery to enjoy the incredible views from the monastery and the 2300 feet (720 meters) rock formations, visit the Basilica and black Madonna, and see the Escolania boy’s choir sing (when available), a musical tradition that dates back to the early 14th century. You will end this Catalonia wine tasting adventure back in Barcelona in the early evening so you have time to relax before dinner.

Location

Spain, a passionate, cultured, and diverse country, devoted to living the good life. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, with its smaller neighbor, Portugal to the west and France to the north with whom it shares the impressive Pyrenees Mountain range. Spain is both geographically and culturally diverse, boasting amazing natural and manmade wonders, tastes, sights, and sounds.

It is a storied country with a colorful history. Dating back to the ancient Romans and Moors (some of whose ruins are still standing today), and medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals scattered across the country over multiple centuries, to the vibrant city of Barcelona, the country offers a fantastic mix of cultural attractions.

Whether you want to relax and simply enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle or go on adventures in the mountains or the sea, with thousands of things to see and do, Spain is a wonderful place to do whatever your heart desires. Spain is a cultural, informational, and inspirational destination. From the diverse landscape of mountains, forests, and the sea, to the cultural experiences of city life across the country, visitors will always be entertained.

Catalonia

Home of the Barcelona and Girona provinces, the heart and soul of Catalonia, Spain. Catalonia proudly boasts the rugged Pyrenees Mountains, the pristine Mediterranean Sea, top Spanish wine regions of Penedes and Emporda, and charming medieval villages found along the way to everywhere.

Along with the shores of the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees, travelers will also encounter medieval architecture, rich history, the art of Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí, fantastic culinary delights, and much much more. The Catalonia region and Spanish Trails® offer countless exploration and experiences to hikers, paddlers, cyclists, and wine and cuisine enthusiasts who have anywhere from one day to many weeks to tap the best of what this privileged region has to offer.

Food

Private visits and tastings in six wineries (three in Penedès and three in Priorat), three great lunches, two dinners, and two breakfasts in restaurants and wineries are all included in this holiday.

Gourmet breakfast of local delicacies including artisan cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and homemade yogurt is included in this holiday. There are also local and country-style lunches that are paired with special wines. Typical Spanish dishes to accompany the famous wines and cava of the region will also be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Private visits and tastings in six wineries (three in Penedès and three in Priorat)
  • Entrance and tour at three monasteries (Montserrat, Scala Dei and Santes Creus)
  • 3 great lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts in restaurants and wineries
  • Knowledgeable and personable, English-speaking wine guide
  • 2 nights country accommodation in a Priorat winery and a Penedès country inn
  • Transport in a modern touring van

What's not included

  • Guide's gratuity
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by taxi

A taxi from Barcelona airport to central Barcelona takes about 30 minutes and costs around 30 EUR. All Barcelona taxis are metered, the exact price depends on a combination of distance and the time taken for the journey.

Arrival by bus

The blue Aerobuses are a fast shuttle service between the airport and Plaça de Catalunya. Buses depart every 5 or 10 minutes from 5:35 a.m. until 1 a.m. (Terminal 1) or 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. (Terminal 2). The fare is 5.90 EUR one-way or 10.20 EUR return. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes from Barcelona airport to the city center and there is free Wi-Fi on board.

During the day (from 5 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.) bus number 46 runs from both airport terminals to Plaça d’Espanya. Unless you have already purchased a T10 or Hola BCN! ticket, the journey costs 2.20 EUR. This is a little cheaper than the Aerobus but has the disadvantages of being slower, less frequent (2 per hour) and not having as much space for your luggage.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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