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6 Days Wine Tasting & Cooking Holidays in Spain

6 Days Wine Tasting & Cooking Holidays in Spain

  • Barcelona - Priorat

Food and Wine Tour in Barcelona

During this tour, you will meet masters of wine who will talk about their passion and invite you to tastings. You will take an active part in the preparation of specialty food of the region and sit down to enjoy the unique pairings of the local cuisine and wines of Catalonia. Come admire the countryside variations, the Mediterranean coast, and Barcelona, a city founded by the Romans, who left grand monuments and the basis of today's Catalan gastronomy, which was later enriched by the Moors and traders from the north and eastern Mediterranean. This great tour is a feast for the senses.

Highlights

  • Tutored wine tastings
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit the most famous food market in town
  • Enjoy unique pairings of Catalonia's cuisine and wines
  • Taste Catalan specialties at food shops
  • Car rental or private transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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During your vacation, you will spend three nights at Barcelona and two nights at Priorat.

Abadia del Priorat - Priorat

This 3-star hotel is located in the Torroja del Priorat, the Priorato's geographical center, and was built over the old abbey of Torroja del Priorat, a construction of over 400 years old. You will have the chance to know the Priorato, a region that will surprise you by its marvellous landscapes and the combination of lush forests with vineyards and olives. You will also find possibilities of enjoying cultural visits and adventure sports, as well as a wine and olive region with Priorato qualified Designation of Origin.

Their Chef's professional experience in other regions and countries, has filled the hotel’s traditional and typically Priorato cuisine with innovative touches and diverse culinary options. Inside this hotel you can find suites, double rooms, single rooms, and rooms suitable for handicapped guests.

The hotel's general facilities are panoramic views, air-conditioning, 24-hour access to internet, background music, hair dryer, 12-hour room service, wine list, and coffee service.

The pub of the hotel is placed in the low part of the abbey, where it used to be the guardianship 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. The hotel's hall includes different rooms with coffee service, a conference room, a wine-tasting room, a wine club, a restaurant, and a wine store.

Condes de Barcelona - Barcelona

The 4-star hotel Condes de Barcelona is superbly located in the tourist heart of Barcelona, Paseo de Gracia, the most elegant avenue of the whole city, right in front of Gaudi's La Pedrera and within a walking distance to all of Barcelona's major attractions. It is located in a typical modernist building, declared monument of interest by the city's town hall. The hotel is formed by two old palaces from the 19th century, it has 235 rooms and the restaurants are run by Chef Martin Berasategui, who has seven Michelin stars.

All the pleasantly furnished rooms feature a private bathroom, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, satellite and cable TV, internet access, a minibar, double or twin beds, and a safe. The heating can be individually adjusted and the air conditioning is centrally regulated. There are two kinds of rooms in terms of decoration, classic and contemporary, but both are equipped equally. A wide range of restaurants, bars, clubs, and the best boutiques are located in the immediate vicinity.

The large reception is manned 24 hours a day and the hotel also has a safe, a currency exchange, and lift access. Further facilities include a piano bar, roof top terrace with swimming pool, and an a la carte restaurant. Business guests may take advantage of the conference facilities with internet access, WLAN access points, communication possibilities, and secretary and hostess services. Guests can additionally make use of the room and laundry services, as well as a garage and an open car park.

Day 1 - Barcelona

  • Your gourmet vacation starts with a private transfer from Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) to a selected hotel in the center of Barcelona.
  • After the check-in at the hotel, you will have evening free to settle before starting your gourmet culinary adventure.

Day 2 - Barcelona

  • Your gourmet expert guide will take you in the first gastronomic adventure visiting the famous Boquería food market in Barcelona. Enjoy an incredible contrast between colors and activity, discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients. Your culinary expert will guide you to the best booths of fruit, vegetables, meats, seafood, bread, and desserts.
  • After the market visit, your culinary guide will take you through the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter enjoying the cathedral, a few churches, and squares and explaining the history of Barcelona with its Roman and medieval past.
  • During this walking gourmet tour, you will be stopping in specialty food shops for tastings of Catalan cheese, charcuterie, pastries, olives, and chocolates.
  • For lunch, you will be taken to some of the numerous tapas bars to sample some of the specialties of the Spanish cuisine accompanied by delicious local wines. *Afterwards, take a guided walking tour of the Modernist district to enjoy the famous buildings of world renowned architect Gaudi, including Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batllo.

Day 3 - Barcelona

  • Following breakfast, you will head to a venue for your first hands-on cooking class.This cooking workshop consists in cooking a 4-course meal of traditional cuisine, where everybody gets to cook and see the whole process for all the recipes.
  • You will enjoy the meals prepared at your cooking class with wine and water.
  • At 18:00, you will assist to a location for a commented wine tasting, immersing you in a wine experience right in the center of Barcelona. You will learn about Spanish wines with four tastings accompanied by typical snacks in a unique wine shop.
  • The wine tasting is led by an English and Spanish-speaking wine expert, who will share the history of local wines and its different tastes.

Day 4 - Barcelona, Priorat

  • Your next gourmet adventure will be at Priorat. You can get there by driving a rental car fitted with GPS or, if you do not wish to drive, a driver 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 make any stops or take you to other places.
  • You will arrive to a chosen hotel in Torroja, at the heart of Priorat, built over an old abbey of over 400 years old.

Day 5 - Porrera, Cornudella de Montsant, Torroja

  • After breakfast, you will head to the little picturesque village of Porrera.
  • Once there, experience a wine tasting and tour around a famous winery owned by famous singer-songwriter. A balanced combination of tradition and cutting-edge technology is strictly applied to all of the creative processes that culminate in the wine you drink: cultivation, harvesting, fermentation, maceration, pressing, ageing, and bottling.
  • Afterwards, visit a highly reputable family winery, located in the basement of one of the oldest houses in the village, have a second tour and wine tasting.
  • You will be transferred to Cornudella de Montsant and the little hamlet of Siurana, which have spectacular views.
  • Visit this cliff-top historic village, the last Moorish stronghold in Catalonia, and then go back to Torroja.

Day 6 - Priorat, Barcelona

  • After breakfast, you will have a first class, private, guided visit to one of the pioneers in the Priorat wine region, having spectacular wines recognized by wine experts all over the world. This leading winery is located in the pretty wine village of Gratallops.
  • After being delighted by the included wine tasting, visit the fruit and vegetable market, followed by your second hands-on cooking class at a traditional restaurant with a local chef.
  • The cooking class will be based on typical dishes from the area, using fresh local ingredients, and will be followed by lunch.
  • After this, you will be going to Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN).
  • Explore Porrera and visit two wineries
  • Guided walking tour of the Modernist district
  • Visit a winery and a fruit and vegetable market in Gratallops
  • Visit Cornudella de Montsant, Siurana, and delicatessen shops, where you can find olive oil
  • Visit the Boquería food market
  • Walk around the the Gothic Quarter and stop at specialty food shops

This cooking holiday will take place in Barcelona and Priorat in Catalonia, Spain. Pinned to the northeast corner of mainland Spain, Catalonia not only boasts some of the most varied scenery in Spain, but arguably its the most fascinating city and the most economically successful in the country. Made up of four provinces, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona, Catalonia has been blessed with not just a fantastic location on the Mediterranean coast, tucked just under France and the Pyrenees, but also great natural resources, which have in part contributed to its tempestuous history.

One of the most exciting parts of this region is the amazing diversity that can be found in a relatively small area. From the snow-capped Pyrenees, that seemingly pierce the sky in the north, to the packed beaches of the Costa Brava, the culture-drenched city of Barcelona, and the quieter beauty of lesser-known stop-offs like Girona and Figueres.

Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia and well-known as Spain´s most cultured city, Barcelona, is a feast for the senses. From the bustling La Boquería market, just off of the Las Ramblas boulevard, to the soaring Gaudi's buildings, in all their colorful glory, and the warm breeze that comes in from the coast, it is a capital blessed with a unique combination of attractions which tempts millions of visitors every year. Pinned between the Mediterranean sea and the jagged Montserrat peaks, the city has been one of Spain's most important ports for centuries and has a long and established history as a successful capital in its own right, before the separate regions of Spain were united under one flag.

But Barcelona still boasts a proud Catalan culture, demonstrated by its bilingual signs and the St. George's Flag, Catalonia's patron saint, which flies from municipal buildings. Art lovers could easily end up with a sore neck from looking up at so many spectacular buildings designed by Antonio Gaudi, the city's favorite son. The still-unfinished Sagrada Familia, with its four sky-scraping peaks, is obviously the jewel in the crown, but it seems like every street has a colorful building, decorated with gargoyles, unusual balconies, and twisted balustrades. The touristic heart of the city is the Barrio Gótico, or Gothic Quarter, where the cathedral, built in the last century, dominates the many winding streets, which crisscross revealing pretty plazas that are perfect for an al fresco drink or dinner.

One side of the Barrio Gótico is lined by Las Ramblas, the enormous boulevard that is like a cross between Madrid's Paseo del Prado and London's Covent Garden. No matter what time of day or night, there is a steady stream of visitors and locals strolling down to find a bar or shop at the many market stalls. For those looking to do more than wander and soak up the atmosphere of Barcelona, the Picasso museum offers a fascinating insight into the man who adopted the city as his home.

Beyond that, Montjuic, a hill topped with a fortress and the Olympic stadium from the 1992 Olympic Games, is a great stop-off for views across the city but, if you are more interested in the good things in life, take to the promenade by the marina area, stop at the many glorious restaurants that line the walkway, and gawp at the stunning super yachts of the rich and famous.

Priorat

Priorat is almost a small country in itself. Surrounded by mountains and with its own rugged climate, it has a long heritage of culture going back to the Carthusian monastery of Santa Maria d'Escaladei (ladder to God). The monks started making wine in the 14th century and has since become is one of the world's most prestigious wine regions. It is known for its slow cooked and delicious hearty stews, festivals, terraces of olive trees, vineyards, and inspiring walks.

On this vacation, you will be graciously delighted with exquisite dishes all along the tour, such as tapas in the Old Quarter and slow food in the countryside. You will enjoy daily breakfast, one tapas lunch, two lunches with wine in Barcelona and two more in Priorat, also with wine. After your cooking classes, you will have lunch with the delicious meals prepared by you.

Sample menu for cooking class

  • Tomato soup shot flavored with Idiazabal cheese
  • Potato omelette with tomato bread
  • Seafood paella
  • Catalan cream
  • Drive to Montserrat Mountains and see the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, where the Moreneta Virgen is kept
  • Drive to the wonderful seaside town of Sitges and enjoy a walk by the beach
  • Explore Barcelona and Priorat
  • Rest and relax at your hotel or at a local café
  • Shop local produce like cheeses and olive oils
  • Stroll through Sitges' unique Old Quarter
  • Taste some seafood specialties
  • Visit the Romanesque church and hear the legend of the Moorish Queen's last leap
  • 1 entrance to Gaudi's buildings
  • 1 tapas lunch
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 3 wine estate visits in Priorat
  • 4 guided wine tastings
  • 4 lunches with wine
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes
  • Car rental for three days or private transfers to and from Priorat
  • Daily breakfast
  • Excursion to Siurana in Priorat
  • Full day guided excursion and gastronomic tour in Barcelona
  • Personalized English and Spanish speaking local expert guides
  • Airfare
  • Meals not specified in the program
  • Optional visits
  • Personal expenses
  • Petrol for car
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airport

Please arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). The Unique Traveller will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.