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Spain Wine Tour

Cast any preconceptions aside, prepare for an experience unlike any other. Be in one of the prettiest wine regions in Spain. You'll have the choice to travel inland to see one of the most sacred monasteries built amongst the Montserrat mountains or drive down to the coast to Sitges for a seafood lunch. Discover hidden Priorat, spectacular scenery, olive trees, and wines.

Highlights

  • Visit delicatessen shops (olive oil)
  • 3 wine estate visits with wine tasting in Priorat
  • A hands-on cooking class in Priorat including lunch
  • Magnificent excursion to Siurana with a scenery route and lunch
  • Personalized English/Spanish-speaking local expert guides throughout the tour
  • Car hire for 3 days with GPS or guided private transfers to and from Priorat
  • 2 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, and one dinner including wine
  • 2 nights accommodation

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Barcelona–El Prat Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Conference room
  • Internet access

Accommodation will be in this hotel or in others of a similar category. The hotel will be confirmed when making the booking. Upgrades are available on request.

Hotel accommodation in Priorat

In the center of the Priorat, built over the old abbey of Torroja del Priorat, a construction of over 400 years old. The hotel is located in the Torroja del Priorat, the Priorato's geographical center. You will have the chance to know the Priorato, a region that will surprise you with its marvelous landscapes, the combination of lush forests with vineyards and olives.

You will also find possibilities of enjoying cultural visits, adventure sports, as well as a wine and olive region with Priorato qualified designation of origin, hotel, restaurant, and agrobiotics.

  • The rooms

There are suites, double rooms, single rooms, and rooms suitable for handicapped guests. The hotel offers panoramic views, air-conditioning, 24-hour access to the internet, background music, a hairdryer, 12-hour room service, wine list, and coffee service. The pub of the hotel is placed in the low part of the abbey where they were finding the guardianships and warehouse of the former abbey. In this space, you will find a cozy place to take a few glasses with good music in a few comfortable sofas.

  • Hotel hall

It includes different rooms with coffee service; conference room, wine-tasting room, wine club, restaurant, and a wine store.

Program

Surrounding Priorat is Montsant and both produce red and white wines in one of the prettiest wine regions in Spain. Visit the village markets and get on your hands-on cookery class and find out the varied rich gastronomy of the region. You will also sleep in a 400-year-old abbey.

On arrival, you can decide to be being chauffeur-driven or have a hire car fitted with GPS. On the way to Priorat, you have a choice: go inland to see one of Spain's most sacred monasteries built amongst the jagged peaks of the Montserrat mountains accessed by a funicular railway, or drive down the coast to the charming seaside town of Sitges for a seafood lunch overlooking the Mediterranean.

Then, continue to discover a hidden piece of heaven in Priorat, a small area within a fertile valley encircled by mountains. Terraces of wildflowers, olive trees, and vines hug the mountain slopes.

At its center is a 12th-century monastery, Cartoixa d'Scala Dei (the ladder to God) where Carthusian monks laid the foundations for winemaking that has recently been declared DOQ (Denominación de Origen Calificada), one of only two wine regions in Spain to have this honor. Its primary production is big red wines characterized by the black volcanic shale known as Llicorella.

Day 1: Barcelona - Priorat

After breakfast, you will pick up your car hire fitted with GPS for your first gourmet-wine adventure. Before arriving at your selected local gourmet hotel in Priorat, they suggest driving to the Montserrat Mountains where you will discover the incomparable setting of The Royal Basilica of Montserrat and the monastery where the Moreneta Virgen (Virgen de Montserrat) is kept.

They can also suggest you drive to the wonderful seaside town of Sitges to enjoy a walk by the beach, perhaps lunch, some seafood specialties, and a stroll through Sitges' unique old quarter before continuing to your next destination, Priorat.

You will be arriving at the chosen hotel in Torroja in the heart of Priorat, built over the old abbey of Torroja, a construction of over 400 years old. In the evening, you will be given a welcome dinner at the hotel, a traditional restaurant sampling local Catalonian food with Priorat wines.

If you have chosen the second option, a driver-guide will pick you up from Barcelona and take you to your hotel in Priorat. Please note that your driver-guide will only do the transfer from Barcelona to Priorat, he will not take you to Montserrat or Sitges.

Day 2: Priorat

After breakfast, head to the little picturesque village of Porrera. Tour and tasting of the famous winery, Vall Llach, owned by famous singer-songwriter, Lluis Llach. Proceed to visit a highly reputable family winery located in the basement of one of the oldest houses in the village. Tour and wine tasting. Transfer to Cornudella de Montsant and the little hamlet of Siurana with spectacular views.

There's an option here to buy local produce in an agrobotiga shop and have an improvised picnic overlooking Siurana reservoir on the cliff-top or have a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants in the village. Visit this cliff-top historic village which was the last Moorish stronghold in Catalonia. You also have the option to buy cheeses and olive oils at a local produce shop in Siurana or in Cornudella. Transfer back to Torroja.

Day 3: Priorat

After breakfast, you will have a first private class guided visit to one of the pioneers in the Priorat wine region, having spectacular wines recognized by wine experts all over the world. Wine tasting. This leading winery is located in the pretty wine village of Gratallops. Transfer to Falset. After being delighted by one of the best wineries in The Priorat, visit the fruit and vegetable market followed by a hands-on cooking class at a traditional restaurant with a local chef and lunch.

Following the cooking class and delicious lunch, you will be going to Barcelona airport in your provided car hire (subject to flight times) or the guide will take you back to Barcelona or your next destination, depending on the type of tour you have reserved.

Location

Surrounding Priorat is Montsant whose wine is designated DO (Denominación de Origen). The same vines grow in an identical climate but in a variety of soils at differing altitudes accounts for the subtle changes of personality. Both Priorat and Montsant produce red and white wines that have won the respect of connoisseurs throughout the world.

You will visit some of the famous wineries and meet the people who have made them what they are. There will be wine-tasting accompanied by expert commentaries. You will visit village markets selling wonderful locally grown vegetables; the perfect introduction to the hands-on cookery class where you will learn the gastronomic secrets of this extraordinary paradise.

Your hotel is located in a 400-year old abbey that has been beautifully restored with all the latest facilities. There is a cozy bar within the venerable old stone walls of the basement.

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Conference room
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access

Food

During this holiday, two full breakfasts, three wine estate visits with wine tasting in Priorat, a hands-on cooking class in Priorat including lunch, two lunches and one dinner including wine, a magnificent excursion to Siurana in Priorat with scenery route and lunch included, and a visit to delicatessen shops (olive oil) are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

What's included

  • 3 wine estate visits with wine tasting in Priorat
  • A hands-on cooking class in Priorat including lunch
  • A magnificent excursion to Siurana in Priorat with scenery route, lunch included, and visit to delicatessen shops (olive oil)
  • 2 full breakfasts
  • 2 lunches and a dinner including wine
  • Car hire for 3 days with GPS OR private transfers to and from Priorat with a driver-guide throughout
  • Personalized English/Spanish-speaking local expert guides throughout the tour in Priorat
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional visits
  • Petrol for car hire

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Barcelona–El Prat Airport Airport transfer included: Barcelona–El Prat Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
3 days / 2 nights
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Availability information
  • April to October (Every week): The tour operates from Sunday to Tuesday. Other dates are on request.
  • November to March: On request
Special discount

Special prices are offered for groups with 4 people or more. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Holiday information

Please note, if any of the published accommodation, range of wineries, or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable, others of a similar category will be allocated. Upgrades of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Tour information
3-day car hire with GPS

You are provided with car hire and GPS (petrol is excluded) to travel from Barcelona to Priorat and return. In Priorat, a guide will be with you throughout.

Car with a driver-guide

You will be picked up from Barcelona and taken back to Barcelona.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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