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3 Day Guided Wine Tour and Culinary Vacation in Penedès, Province of Barcelona

Masia, Vilobí del Penedès, Province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Culinary Vacation Spain

You are invited to a fantastic short holiday in the lovely area of Penedès, in Spain. Come and experience the local cuisine and learn some new tricks, and also taste some of the most delicious wines in the Penedès area. Get to taste the Spanish flavors you so much heard of and allow yourself to relax in this amazing paradise!

Highlights

  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • A guided visit to one of the local wineries
  • English or Spanish speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Enjoy a private guided tour to a lovely local market
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All taxes included

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Terrace

You will be accommodated in a typical Masia in Catalonia (Penedès), Spain. The main house dates from the beginning of the 1900s with characteristic architectural elements inspired by the rural surroundings.

Over the years, the house has been modernised and currently includes more than 550 square meters distributed between the main house and the various outbuildings. A large secluded garden is composed of vines, fruit trees, ecological vegetable garden, and numerous small corners that invite you to relax and listen to the rhythm of country life.

The garden is set against a backdrop of the Montserrat Mountains and includes a swimming pool beyond which are fields of organic produce. This bio-hotel is a pioneering initiative, the first country hotel of its type in Spain. As a bio-hotel, the "raison d'etre" is the maximum respect for the environment, sustainability, and the cultivation and use of biological products. To enjoy this property is to satisfy the five senses, without haste and with time to observe the smaller details of life.

Hotel upgrade is available on request.

Program

During this holiday, you will enjoy impressive tasting menus and food workshops, and you will visit all three sub-regions of Penedès at famous wineries for wine tasting. You will be staying at a Masia, Spain's first bio-hotel, surrounded by vineyards and typical crops from the area.

You will enjoy rural breakfasts based on organic, fresh, and healthy local products. As for the included cooking classes, you will stop at the village markets, get the best ingredients, and start cooking. You will learn to prepare typical regional feasts and enjoy them accompanied by delicious local wines.

On arrival, you can be chauffeur driven or have a hire car fitted with a GPS to help you navigate your way around. Before arriving at your hotel, you will stop at the 9th-century monastery built into the jagged peaks of the Montserrat Mountains. You will take the funicular railway to explore the treasures including the 'Montserrat Virgin', one of Spain's most treasured icons. You will pause at some of the village markets where you will find ingredients that add such character to the Catalan cuisine.

Your itinerary will thread its way through all three sub-regions stopping at famous wineries for wine tastings and expert commentary. You will pause at some of the village markets where you will find ingredients that add such character to Catalan cuisine. And on your way back to the airport, there is one final treat: a seafood lunch by the sea in the charming resort of Sitges.

Itinerary

Day 1: Barcelona - Penedés

Right after breakfast, you will pick up your car fitted with GPS for your next gourmet adventure. Before arriving at the selected local gourmet hotel in Penedés, The Unique Traveller suggests driving to Montserrat and visit The Royal Basilica Of Montserrat and the monastery, where Moreneta Virgen (Virgen de Montserrat) is kept. After that, you will drive to the next culinary destination: Penedés.

Once you arrive at the hotel, the owner will help you to settle in. You will enjoy a welcome gift and aperitif. In the evening, you will have your first cooking class with the hotel owner showing you how to prepare three local dishes and a dessert made with organic ingredients from the garden and local suppliers.

Afterward, you will enjoy your meal paired with local wines in a comfy dining room or in the outdoor terrace (weather permitting) accompanied by the chef and owner.

Day 2: Penedés

You will enjoy a rural breakfast based on organic, fresh, and healthy local products, during the introduction to organic cuisine, its principles, and bases. Then, you will have time to explore the area, using the hired car provided with a guide, with a driver guide, or by bicycle.

Next, you will be going to the local market visiting some of the farmhouse suppliers. After the market experience, you will have a superb guided visit to one of the leading wineries in Penedés, learning their unique characteristics and unique wine-and cava making methods.

You will enjoy a wine tasting session accompanied by snacks. Before you enjoy a special treat in the evening, you will enjoy a homemade light lunch in one of the best family-run restaurants in this wine region experiencing the wonderful gastronomy in Penedés. After that, you can return to the hotel.

In the evening, you will have a second hands-on cooking workshop of a special tasting menu arranged by the owner for your enjoyment, learning different cooking and presentation techniques including some local tricks. Dinner will be based on the dishes prepared.

Day 3: Departure

This fantastic culinary adventure will finish with a typical breakfast from the area. If you have chosen the car hire option, The Unique Traveller suggests driving to the wonderful seaside town of Sitges to enjoy a walk by the beach, perhaps some seafood specialties, and a stroll through Sitges unique old quarter, before continuing to the airport where you will leave your car before catching your flight.

Alternatively, you will be taken by private transfer to your next destination.

Included excursions

You will enjoy a guided visit to one of the local wineries and also a private guided tour to the local market.

Location

Situated in the heart of Penedès, you will find the bio-hotel somewhere near the village of Vilobi and just 9 kilometers away from Villafranca del Penedès and a little more than 45 kilometers away from Barcelona and Tarragona. From the Masia, which is surrounded by vineyards and typical crops of the area, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountains of Montserrat to the castle of Sant Marti Sarroca.

Penedès

A thousand years before Christ, the Phoenicians were producing wine in the Penedès region, about a day's march from the ancient port of Barcelona. Carthaginians, Romans, Moors traded the wine all around the Mediterranean. Foreign merchants introduced culinary innovations, hence there is a rich epicurean legacy awaiting you.

Penedès is internationally famous for Cava, the Spanish sparkling wine, but it is by no means the only one. There are lusty reds and delicate whites, too. This wide variety is explained by the ascending levels of three sub-regions: Bajo, on the coast where the weather is hot and best suited for black grapes; Medio is a bit cooler, the dominion of Cava; and at the top is Alto where the climate is similar to Bordeaux.

Distances

  • Villafranca del Penedès, 9 kilometers
  • Barcelona, 45 kilometers
  • Tarragona, 45 kilometers

Food

You will enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches including wine, and dinners after your cooking classes. As for the two highlights of this short vacation, you will enjoy two cooking classes and a guided visit to one of the local wineries.

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

  • Car hire for 3 days with GPS or private transfers to and from Penedès with driver guide throughout
  • Personalised English / Spanish speaking local expert guides throughout the tour: Penedès
  • 2 nights accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath in a countryside hotel in Penedès
  • 2 full breakfasts
  • Private guided tour to the local market
  • A guided visit to one of the local wineries
  • Lunch in a local restaurant based in the slow-food tradition
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes in Penedès, including dinners
  • 4 lunches including wine: 2 in Barcelona and 2 in Penedès

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to Barcelona
  • Tips
  • Meals not specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional visits
  • Petrol for car hire
  • Upgrades for wineries or restaurants
  • Hotel upgrade

How to get there

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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 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This tour is available from April to October, every week. From November to March, on request.

Special discount

Special prices for groups with 4 people or more are available. Send an inquiry for more information.

Pricing information

If you choose the car hire option, you will be provided with a car and GPS (the petrol is excluded) to travel from Barcelona to Penedès and return. In Penedès, a guide will be with you throughout. ​If you choose the driver guide option, you will be picked up from Barcelona and be taken back to Barcelona.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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