If you're a wine lover this private, 3-day wine tour is for you! Enjoy an eno-adventure through Catalonia’s most famous wine regions, DO Penedès and DOQ Priorat. The package includes exclusive winery visits and tastings in six wineries, all meals, and charming country accommodation at a Priorat winery and a Penedès ‘bio-hotel’.
With a knowledgeable guide you will also have the opportunity to visit some unique sites along the way and to soak up the history and culture of Catalonia.
Day 1: D.O. Penedès
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 specialised wines and the vineyards. You will be visiting wineries 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 wine tasting suited to your interests.
The lunch venue is a presentation of specialised local fare with wine pairing. Following lunch you will drive a short distance to the second vineyard. Your tour will begin with a short trip to the fields for a brief history of the family tradition and a look at the organic farming process of the past and present. You will learn about 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 white, reds and a reserve cava.
The late afternoon is a beautiful drive to the Priorat region. Make a stop at one of the ancient monasteries along the way to see some of the best examples of Romanesque architecture but also where the region's wine traditions were carried on by the monks well beyond the region’s past resident Romans.
Continue your scenic drive to Gratallops, where you will settle into your cozy room before 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 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.
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 for a day in the beautiful and rugged Priorat wine region.
During the first part of the day, 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 quick orientation.
Afterwards you will stop at a small winery perched on the hill for a tasting of terrific Priorat wines. Then walk downhill to the monastery of Escala Dei. At the end of the hike, enjoy a quick tour of the monastery and then head into the small village for an olive oil demonstration.
Enjoy a rustic lunch in a charming little countryside restaurant. The food is local seasonal fare and is absolutely delicious!
After lunch, you will drive to the tiny village of Porrera. Meet with Paco Castillo-Serrano of the family-run Clos Dominic winery, to tour their beautiful vineyards and taste their fabulous vintages.
Following your visit to Porrera, you will 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, there is time to relax before sitting down for a dinner of deliciously prepared ecologic dishes.
Day 3: Country air, country lanes, wine, food and Montserrat
After a country breakfast of bread, meats, cheeses and homemade marmalade you will have the late morning to yourself. You will have some time to stroll through the local countryside and vineyards or just relax around the country house.
You will be picked up around noon and head to the final winery for a catered lunch and wine tasting at the finca 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. It is recommended to take this incredible opportunity to just relax and leisurely eat, chat and drink great wine.
On the way back to Barcelona there will be a scheduled stop at the Montserrat monastery to enjoy the incredible views from the monastery and the 2300 ft. rock formations. You will end this wine adventure back in Barcelona in the early evening so you have time to relax before dinner.
- Knowledgeable English-speaking wine guide
- Entrance and tours at three monasteries (Montserrat, Scala Dei and Santes Creus)
- 2-nights country accommodation in a Priorat Winery and a Penedès country inn
- Private visits and tastings in six wineries (three in Penedès and three in Priorat)
- Transportation in modern touring van
- 3 great lunches, 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts in restaurants and wineries
- Food and drink not mentioned
- Any personal expenses
Your centrally located accommodation in Barcelona or Penedès.
Fully refundable up until 14 days before departure time.
70% refundable up until 14-5 days before departure time.
Non refundable for cancellations occuring less than 5 days before departure time.