Wines of Catalunya: D.O.Q Priorat

Tasting
Cava, Wine, Local Food
Activity
Food Pairing, Meet The Maker
Included
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Countryside, Upscale
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
217
96
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$
562
12
/ Person
Filippo S
Response rate: 
50%
Response time:
several hours
Activity Overview
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 to 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!
 
Practical information
Recommended Clothing:
Comfortable clothing suited for potential temperature fluctuations
Comfortable walking shoes
Umbrella or raincoat (if necessary)
 
Included
  • Very knowledgeable and entertaining, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned touring van
  • Three winery visits
  • Wine tastings
  • Full Catalan countryside meal with wine pairing
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
217
96
Public Tour
Person
$
562
12
Private Tour
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Daily8:30 AM
Duration
11 H
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
2 reviews   1 comments
Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
We could not a have chosen a better thing to do on our last day in Barcelona. We met with 2 other couples and Jose, who did a fantastic job of teaching us about the region and wines of the Priorat. The wines we tasted were spectacular and the people we met at the vineyards and wineries could not have been nicer and more passionate about their wines. Jose went out of his way to make sure everyone of ... more us got everything we needed to have a great day. He supplied us with more delicious food than we could possibly eat to pair all the wines with. The wonderful lunch was over the top and again more than enough to eat. The only problem is that we only had room to bring home 2 bottles and the memories of the other 10 wines we tasted will have last until we come back to the Priorat. It is such a beautiful part of Catalonia and the wines are so good that I'm sure we will take this tour again when we return to Barcelona in 2019. Whether you are in Barcelona now or planning a trip, this is one experience not to be missed. And even if you don't drink wine, after tasting these wines you will realize what you have been missing in your life.
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Ben G
Thank you so much for this remarkable review. It sounds like you had a fun day in Priorat! It gives us great satisfaction knowing how much you've enjoyed your day tasting different wines of the region and everything it has to offer, it truly is beautiful. We can’t wait to take you on this tour again in 2019!
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What a spectacular day. With our small group of eight, led by our guide Sam, it was wonderful to see the landscape as we traveled out of the city on our full day tour to the lovely area of Priorat. The small wineries we visited were amazingly hospitable and shared their passion for the land and their product. The lunch was outstanding, with delicious food accompanied by the winery’s finest. All along ... more the way, Sam provided commentary about the history of the area and its many features. This tour is well worth it for the experience you receive. A must for those who love great wine and great food.
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Tastings Nearby
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1,198
81
/ Person
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Duration:
4 Days
On this tour enjoy the charm of Barcelona. Visit its historic downtown, the magic of Gaudí, experience the Mediterranean nature attraction and admire the breathtaking views from Montjuïc... more
See the unique work of Sagrada Família. Appreciate its high, adorned towers and its geometrical shape, a treasured masterpiece by its guests.
Take a ride on The Montjuïc Cable Car to Parc de Montjuïc, Mirador, and Castell de Montjuïc as you enjoy the best scenic views of Barcelona.
Poble Espanyol is an open-air Spanish architectural museum with full-sized imitations of the characteristic streets, squares, and buildings of the country.
Visit the Cathedral of Barcelona which symbolizes the splendor of the Catalan Gothic art and has a great Cloister where thirteen white geese are kept.

DETAILS

Day one: Barcelona City
Meet our pick-up drivers at the airport and transfer to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day Two: Barcelona City
You will have breakfast at the hotel.
Pick up from your hotel for a morning highlight tour of Barcelona.
The bus will take you on a sightseeing tour. The first stop is at the well-designed Paseo de Gracia, where you will view the prominent Gaudi houses, La Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Battló as well as other magnificent buildings of the Modern era.
You will also have an opportunity to admire the extreme changes the city went through when organizing and preparing for the Olympic Games in 1992. You will drive by the Olympic Port, the Olympic village, the fantastic beach and the fisherman’s quarter, referred to as the Barceloneta, the Port Vell, Plaza de Colon with its famous Columbus monument. This is where the famous Ramblas of Barcelona begins.
The tour continues as we drive to Montjuïc where you will ride a cable car as you enjoy the beautiful views of the city. We will pass by the sports facilities constructed for the 1992 Olympic Games which include the Palau Sant Jordi, the Lluis Companys stadium, the Olympic swimming pool Picornell until we arrive at the Spanish Village. Here you will admire a collection of traditional buildings from all over the country and a collection of the handicrafts made in Spain.
Afterwards, we will leave the Montjuïc and go back down to the city center. On the way back, admire the Montjuïc fountains, Venetian Towers, the MNAC and the CC, Las Arenas reconstructed over the olden Plaza de Toros.
We will arrive at the Plaza de Catalunya, where we began the tour. Our guide will then lead you to the Gothic Cathedral, through the narrow street of the Gothic quarter and Plaza Sant Jaume where the City hall is positioned and the headquarters of the Catalonian government. Our day one tour ends at the Plaza de Catalunya, in front of the Hard Rock Café, in the city center which is ten minutes away from our office.
The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this beautiful city and surroundings. Then head back to the hotel.

Day three: Barcelona to Montserrat to Barcelona.
Have breakfast at the hotel.
Pick up from your hotel for a morning tour to Montserrat.
You will visit Montserrat Mountain, which is 4,051 feet high. You will go up to the mountain of Montserrat with a Gog – Wheel Train. It is a 15-minute trip with beautiful, spectacular views of the mountain. The rocks of this mountain were formed by natural occurrence centuries ago. The sand, wind, and rain shaped the mountain into strange and varied forms.
You will then visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, where the famous 12th-century Romanesque statue of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin is placed. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat was founded in 1025 and offers a mystic setting for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Nowadays, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs of pilgrims even after a thousand years after it was initially founded. You have included the entrance to the audiovisual exposition about the fascinating history of Montserrat. You will also have the opportunity to taste four Montserrat typical liquors.
In the afternoon you are free to continue exploring the attractions that this city has to offer. Then head back to the hotel.

Day four: Barcelona
Have breakfast at the hotel. The transfer to Barcelona airport.
$
40
15
/ Person
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Duration:
3 H
Tour the Picasso Museum and discover Barcelona, a lively city where the renowned artist Pablo Picasso pursued his studies and displayed his early works.... more
Discover the Gothic Quarter through a fabulous guided walking tour and fall in love with this medieval city and its unique gothic style.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Explore the Barcelona Gothic Quarter.
• Admire the early works of Picasso in the museum named after him.
• The tour is for a maximum 25 persons per departure to ensure a quality tour.
• Visit the Born market, where you can also see different archaeological remains of the Fourteenth century
• Enjoy a gastronomic breakfast.

DETAILS
On this walking tour, you will learn about Barcelona’s history, from the period of the Romans through the medieval period until the twentieth century. This will also be demonstrated by hand and brush of the famed artist Pablo Picasso.
The tour will start at the well-known Ramblas of Barcelona. You will then be guided to the Reial square, where the ancient Convent of Santa Madrona was situated. You will also stroll to the Square of Sant Jaume, which was the headquarters of the local government during the medieval period and it still is. The walk through the narrow cobblestoned avenues will take you to the Cathedral of Barcelona, where you will also explore the Plaça del Rei which is also known as King's Square. This is a unique historical site of Barcelona’s royal power. Its ruins which were the Roman city of Barcino are well-preserved underground.
The walking tour heads to the fourteenth-century basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, in the community of “El Born.” Here there are also hidden alleyways to the Picasso Museum, which is home to the most important collection of works of Picasso from his early life when he was an art student.
The last stop of the tour will be at old Born market. Since the middle ages, this market has historical importance to the city of Barcelona. The market began as open air, in the square, and then moved into a contemporary iron building. It started as a retail market and later became a wholesale market for the expanding Barcelona city. It became the model of Barcelona's market system. After half a century the market was closed, its archaeological remains are well conserved, which you can view as you enjoy a fantastic breakfast in its gastronomic space.
$
80
30
/ Person
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Duration:
3 H
Book the Barcelona Tapas - Evening Walking Tour where you will savor the Spanish and Catalan cuisines at their best. Also, immerse yourself in the gastronomic art as you enjoy tapas ... morepaired with a glass of wine.

HIGHLIGHTS

Tapas are a small gastronomic art well-known in the Spanish cuisine. They are appetizers enjoyed most with wine, a delicacy that is popular among the visitors as well as the locals.

Stroll through the intricate narrow streets of Barrio Gótico which are abundant in the cultural heritage of the Catalan cuisine and the Roman, medieval history of Barcelona.

Visit the Mercat de la Boquería, the city’s most significant market. It has a wide range of goods and its planning make La Boquería an excellent place for all the gastronomes.

DETAILS
The perfect way to begin your Barcelona visit is to walk to the famed tapas bars of Barcelona. Here you will combine Catalan cuisines and culture. As you stroll, you will get an overview of the city as you discover how to order the best tapas at the bar snacks and learn the best cafes and bars. Additionally, the tour guide will suggest ways to enjoy your stay in Barcelona. This Tapas walking tour, you will experience all of Spain's ultimate flavors.
We will all begin the trip at one central place, “Tapas Tours & Friends,” a gastronomic Center formed on the philosophy of providing food experiences to the foodies and Barcelona’s gastronomic visitors. Your local guide, who is an expert in gourmet food, will lead you through La Rambla, the most celebrated street of Barcelona. From there you will head to La Boquería, the famous food market in the city, supplying a range of fresh products, such as vegetables, fruit, cheese, seafood and all types of meat. Here you will have an opportunity to sample some traditional products on the market.
The tour continues to the Gothic quarter, where you will learn the language, construction, surroundings, and gastronomy that are exclusive to Spain, and shop your heart's delight at the century-old gourmet shops. We will also stop by a shop that specializes in Iberian ham, the most delicious cured meat.
This tapas tour will end at two eateries that offer a variety of delicious local tapas. There will also be plenty of enjoyable traditional food, fine wine, interact with other wine enthusiasts to get a better understanding of Catalan and Spanish culture, history, and way of life.