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This is an indulgent wine lover escape through Catalunya’s most famous wine regions, DO Penedès and DOQ Priorat. The 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. This Penedès and Priorat wine tour is a private tour for two to six people and are customized to fit with the interest of each group, whether it is with friends, family, or work colleagues.
On day one, you will be accommodated at a cozy room in a famous vineyard and in day two you will be staying at Quaint farmhouse bed and breakfast in the heart of Penedès.
This is a private experience, departing from your accommodation in Barcelona. Your English-speaking guide would be with you for the three days, during which you'd visit the D.O. Penedès region and the D. O. Q. Priorat region, in the countryside of Catalunya. This tour includes visits at six different wineries, three great lunches, two dinners, two breakfasts, entrance to the venues in Montserrat on the third day, as well as accommodation for both nights (Priorat Winery and Penedès country inn).
You will begin the 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 at which you’ll be visiting and tasting have been chosen specifically due to their amazing grape growing, wine making 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, as well as a presentation by the resident wine maker and a 4-product tasting suited to your interests. The lunch venue is a lovely presentation of specialized local fare with wine paring. Following lunch, you’ll drive a short distance to the second vineyard, where you’ll begin with a short trip out 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 the style of wine, the storage processes and the bottling methods. Afterwards, you head to the tasting room for very generous tastings of white, reds and a reserve cava.
The late afternoon is a beautiful drive to the Priorat region with 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 (10th-12th century) but to also see where the regions wine traditions was carried on by the monks well beyond the the region’s past resident Romans (2nd-4th century).
The dramatic, steep hills (costers) you move through to get to the heart of the Priorat is an introduction to a corner of the world you will not soon forget. The next stop is Gratallops, where you will get you settled in your cozy room with vineyard, sunset views before you come downstairs for a private wine tasting and a delicious dinner of local fare with the resident wine maker. 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. You would then have a fantastic dinner in the winery and then can relax for a while before heading to bed.
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.
First, you will visit the tiny village of Morera de Montsant to take in the stunning views at the foothills of Montsant. From here you will be able to look over the entire region and your guide will give you a bit of an orientation. You will duck into a small winery perched on the hill for a three product tasting of terrific Priorat wines. Then you will walk downhill on a short nature hike, along a picturesque trail to the monastery of Escala dei. You will enjoy a quick tour of the monastery and then head into the small village for an olive oil
Once you reach Escala Dei, you will have a rustic lunch in a charming little countryside restaurant. The food is local seasonal fare and absolutely delicious! After lunch, you’ll 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, Dominic, 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, you will begin driving north again and reach a quaint farmhouse bed and breakfast in the heart of Penedès. This hotel is the perfect place to relax and feel in touch with the countryside. Once you check in, you can relax on the grounds for awhile, until you sit down for a great dinner of deliciously prepared ecologic dishes. Then you can enjoy some of the great local wines stocked at the hotel and turn in for the evening.
After a nice country breakfast of breads, meats, cheeses and homemade marmalade you’ll have the late morning, you will be given some time to stroll through the local countryside and vineyards or just relax around the country house. Spanish Trails will come to pick you up around noon and head to the final winery for a catered lunch and wine tasting at the finca (country estate) of a local farmer and wine maker just a few miles down the road. This visit is a great finale on your wine odyssey with a ‘flight’ of some of the region’s best natural brut cava, white, rosé and red wine. Enjoy 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 monastery and the 2300 feet (720 meters) rock formations, visit the Basilica and black Madonna and see the Escolania boys’ choir sing (when available), a musical tradition that dates back to the early 14th century. You’ll end this three-day wine adventure back in Barcelona in the early evening so that you have time to relax before dinner.
This wine holiday will start from Barcelona, Spain. You will visit Penedès region and the D. O. Q. Priorat region, in the countryside 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 that can be found along the way to everywhere. The Catalonia region offers countless exploration and experiences to hikers, paddlers, cyclist, 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.
Barcelona and Girona, Catalan cities that need no introduction, find themselves conveniently situated within 1 hour of endless culture, adventure, wine, and gastronomy tour possibilities. The year-round, temperate Mediterranean climate makes Catalonia a very desirable corner of the world for active travellers of all ages. With the Empordà and Penedes wine regions close by, your Barcelona day trips and tours easily become a gastronomical experience even if you are hiking for the day.
Catalonia is a perfect holiday and event destination for all ages and interests. Independent travellers, families and company events will find this region to encompass all elements of what make up a truly well-rounded experience. With airports in both Barcelona and Girona, the culture and natural surroundings of Catalonia are more accessible and affordable than ever to short and long term travelers.
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 which are paired with special wines. Typical Spanish dishes to accompany the famous wines and cava of the region will also be served.
Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN). Upon arrival, there are several ways that you can get to the city center, Placa Catalunya.
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.
The blue Aerobuses are a fast shuttle service between the airport and Plaça de Catalunya. Buses depart every 5 or 10 minutes from 5:35am until 1am (Terminal 1) or 6am until 1am (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 5am to 11:50pm) 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.
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