Wine Tours & Activities

$
153
01
/ Person
Barcelona, Spain
Duration:
5 H
The Foodie Tour is an entertaining, delicious experience that has been carefully crafted to exceed the expectations of the 'foodiest' of the foodies and to tastefully, yet unpretentiously, ... moremaximize what an evening of eating and tasting in Barcelona should be for all food and wine enthusiasts. On this 5-hour gourmet, culinary adventure you will enjoy some of the best gastronomic delights Barcelona has to offer. These are easy-paced, walking itineraries that stop in 5-6 different venues, infusing you with a brilliant snapshot of the local foodie scene. Whatever the day’s itinerary, each venue and dish is a welcomed surprise and served with a carefully paired Catalan wine as per the chefs’ recommendations.

Your Foodie Barcelona guide will lead you through this culinary adventure discussing all things concerning Spanish and Catalan gastronomy, all the while entertaining you with accounts of the rich history of Catalonia and some of the interesting and somewhat quirky aspects of Catalan culture. This Food Tour is a cut above other food and wine tours in that Spanish Trails collaborates with some of the best gourmet eateries in the city, including hidden gems off the beaten path to true luxurious temples of food and wine where we sample the best. The evening is designed as a gourmet tasting menu, on the go. All Spanish Trails tours and experiences are designed to entertain, share and educate and to keep you smiling at every moment. Our aim with the Barcelona Foodie Tour is to provide you with a great taste of the wonderful gourmet world in Barcelona and a simply terrific, indulgent night out on the town. The price of this all-inclusive walking tour is 130 EUR / person for a small group tour where there could be up to eight clients in total along for the tour.

Important
There would be a surcharge of 15 EUR / person if you ended up being the only two clients on any non-private day trip. Although this is not likely (especially between April and October), it would be necessary in order to cover the guide fees and other costs that would normally be covered by having more than two clients on the trip. The positive side of the supplement is that you end up getting a private tour at a fraction of the normal private touring price.
$
123
58
/ Person
Barcelona, Spain
Duration:
10 H
 (2)
Looking for a day filled with Gothic and Modernist art, architecture, astounding rock formations, unbeatable views and exceptional food and wine tasting - look no further! ... more

Our Montserrat and Wine Country day tour is a well-rounded, all-inclusive, all-day experience for travelers of all ages and interest levels. The day begins with a guided visit at the impressive Monastery of Montserrat, located 50 minutes west of Barcelona and standing at an unexpected 725 mts. / 2378 ft. above sea level. 

This tour consists of a 1000 years of legend, history and culture. Legend has it that in the 9th century, shepherds claimed to have spotted the image of the black Madonna in a cave on Montserrat. The original carving was discovered and removed by local religious figures, and the first church, followed by the monastery, were established in the 11th century. By the 12th century, news spread far and wide of the miracles of Montserrat. The monastic community settled, which prompted pilgrims from around the world to flock to the sacred mountain, as they still do today. The Monastery of the Virgin was founded in 1025, reconstructed various times, destroyed by Napoleon in 1811 and rebuilt in the late 19th and early 20th century by the Catalan Modernist masters, including Gaudí, himself. It is, in fact, one of the key inspirations to Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. 

The day includes: hearing the famous Boys’ Choir perform (most days), visiting the “Moreneta de Montserrat” (one of the black Madonnas of Europe) and a light walk to Santa Cova, where the black Madonna is said to have originally been found and rescued. We leave Montserrat and head over to enjoy a fantastic lunch of local Catalan country cuisine in a traditional restaurant at the base of Montserrat, followed by private field tour, guided exclusive visit and three-product wine and cava tasting at one of the premier, small, boutique vineyards in the Penedès wine region.

Montserrat and Wine Country Day Tour consist of only 2-8 guests and are guided by one of our fun, informative guides who give you a great, detailed explanation of the history of Montserrat, as well as the history of the region of Catalunya. The tour can easily be catered to both young and old, to those with or without specific religious interest, and to both wine connoisseurs and wine ‘enthusiasts’. A truly fantastic and authentic day trip outside of the city during your visit to Barcelona!

Important
There will be a surcharge of 15 EUR / person if you end up being the only two clients on any non-private tour. Although this is not likely (especially between April and October), it would be necessary in order to cover guide fees and other costs that would normally be covered by having more than two clients on the tour. The positive side of the supplement is that you would end up getting a private tour at a fraction of the normal private touring price!
$
76
50
/ Person
Franschhoek, South Africa
Duration:
4 H
Enjoy a scenic horseback ride through varied terrains such as vineyards, forests and over mountains in Franschhoek Valley - South Africa's Western Cape. Franschhoek is a great option ... morefor a day trip outside of Cape Town.

During this tour you ride in the most scenic area of the Western Cape on purebred Arabian Horses with guide Jolinda or Jonathan. The owner is Pieter, who was a South African National Team Endurance Rider (Springbok). Pieter's family has been in the Franschhoek Valley for five generations and is extremely knowledgable in regards to the area.

During your horseback ride you will stop for wine tasting at Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle's Wine Cellar. The wine tasting on horseback excursion is approxiametly 4 hours long (total riding time is around 2.5 hours, with 30-45 minute stops at each winery).
$
80
/ Person
Cotignac, France
Duration:
5,5 H
 (2)
A wine's overall quality assessment, based on this examination, follows further careful description and comparison with recognized standards, both with respect to other wines in its ... moreprice range and according to known factors pertaining to the region or vintage; if it is typical of the region or diverges in style; if it uses certain wine-making techniques, such as barrel fermentation or malolactic fermentation, or any other remarkable or unusual characteristics.

Whereas wines are regularly tasted in isolation, a wine's quality assessment is more objective when performed alongside several other wines, in what are known as tasting "flights". Wines may be deliberately selected for their vintage ("horizontal" tasting) or proceed from a single winery ("vertical" tasting), to better compare vineyard and vintages, respectively. Alternatively, in order to promote an unbiased analysis, bottles and even glasses may be disguised in a "blind" tasting, to rule out any prejudicial awareness of either vintage or winery.
$
41
19
/ Person
Firenze, Italy
Duration:
1 H
This local Florence wine, olive oil and cheese tasting tour is a great introduction to Tuscan Italian wines for those visiting Florence for the 1st, 2nd or even the 12th time!... more

One of the best things to do in Tuscany is to discover Italian food and wine and what better way to so than to go wine tasting in Florence! You will meet locals, taste authentic food and wine and see more of Florence like a local. 

Our Florence Wine Tasting offers you the opportunity to taste great Italian wines in traditional Italian wine bars in Florence. All wine tasting tours are run in small groups and takes you to wine shops and wine bars of high quality and expert service.

During this Italian wine tasting tour in Florence, your guide will explain what exactly is a Chianti and that the important Italian grape of this region is Sangiovese and will share some useful food and wine pairing tricks!

For example, you will taste and understand why a Tuscan wine like a Chianti pairs deliciously with local cheeses and artisan cured Tuscan salami or how perfectly a beef stew is best paired with the wonderful Super Tuscan wines, which are usually a blend between international grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

Our Wine Tasting Tour in Florence is the perfect way to taste and discover Tuscany! The Wine Tasting is accompanied by traditional Tuscan appetizers such as Pecorino cheese (made with the sheep milk) and extra virgin olive oil, that is unlike any other olive oil in the country.
$
223
63
/ Person
Barcelona, Spain
Duration:
11 H
 (2)
After picking you up from our central meeting point at 8:30am, we'll drive 1h 45m to the incredibly beautiful and rugged Priorat wine region, with it's steep hills covered from top ... moreto bottom in craggy vines. First on the agenda is a 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 get an overview of the entire region and your guide will give you a bit of an orientation. Afterwards, we'll duck into a small winery for a three-product tasting of terrific Priorat wines.

The next stop is the village of Gratallops, where we will head for a private tour and tasting at the renowned Clos Figueres winery and estate. 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. While there, you'll enjoy a fantastic, traditional lunch in the winery.

After lunch, we'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 many 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. Once we finish our visit and tasting with Paco, we'll begin the drive back to Barcelona, arriving to the city around 7-8pm.

This price of this all-inclusive small group day trip is 190 EUR / person. Included in the price are transport in one of our modern touring vans, a very knowledgeable and personable, English-speaking guide, a great traditional lunch, and generous wine tastings at three fantastic wineries. This day trip is more expensive than our D.O. Penedes tour because the Priorat region is much more exclusive than other Catalan wine regions and as a result, the winery visits and meals are more expensive, as well. Winery visits and tours are always private and are nearly always attended and/or led by the wine maker. Additionally, as you may already know, the wines in this region are more expensive due to the extremely harsh growing conditions, low-yielding vines, and harvesting carried out by hand, which is very labor-intensive, but the wines...and the day...are well worth it!

Important
There will be a surcharge of 15 EUR / person if you end up being the only two clients on any non-private tour. Although this is not likely (especially between April and October), it would be necessary in order to cover guide fees and other costs that would normally be covered by having more than two clients on the tour. The positive side of the supplement is that you would end up getting a private tour at a fraction of the normal private touring price!
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