Priorat Gran Reserva Tour
Exclusive Luxury Catalan Wine, Gastronomy and Culture Tour.
DOQ Priorat, source of Spains most potent new wines, is located half an hour from Tarragona and almost 2 hours from Barcelona.
The wines of Priorat have always travelled well thanks to their low production, high alcohol potential and special terroir.
After the Philoxera plage at the beginning of the 1900s Priorat went into decline until as recently as 1980s when a census confirmed there were more houses than inhabitants. Today, Priorat is a perfectly preserved paradise and life is returning. The unique terroir, climate, native varieties of Garnatxa and Carinena have been tamed by a new wave of skilled wine makers.
We are delighted to bring visitors to Priorat and introduce them to the awesome scenery and the very special wines, wineries and winemakers of this historic region.
8.00 Collection at Barcelona accommodation.
9.30 Traditional Catalan breakfast in Scala Dei (the stairways to heaven), historic capital of Priorat. Gourmet treats include Catalan “pa amb tomaquet”, Iberian ham, artisan cheeses. Breakfast is followed by a short visit to Priorat's oldest "Bodega" Celler de Scala Dei
10.30 In the town of la Vilella Baixa you will visit el Celler del Pont and taste the brews of Lo Givot. Accompanied private visit and vertical tasting of 3 wines with local expert and wine exporter Stefan Lismond, who will introduce you to every aspect of this highly acclaimed ('04, '05, 94 Parker) boutique winery producing around 7,000 bottles annually
La Vilella Baixa, Priorat
12.00 A short drive from Vilella Baixa is the town of Gratallops (barking wolves) It lies in the centre of Priorat with views of the Montsant Massif. Here you will be welcomed to a tour and accompanied wine-tasting at Clos d'Obac, also known as Costeres de Siurana. Owner and winemaker Carlos Pastraña, one of the "three wise men" will introduce you to his approach to Vinification before a tasting 4 of his special wines and dessert wines.
Tasting at Clos d'Obac, Gratallops
14.00 In Falset, you will enjoy a delicious gourmet “tasting” lunch at Restaurant El Celler de l’Aspic, where chef Toni Bru will lead us through a tasting of 5 excellent dishes, each paired to another Priorat wine, a delight to the eye, the nose and the palate.
By arrangement we also visit other special wineries and restaurants of Priorat
17.00 Depart Priorat for journey back to your accommodation in our Mercedes Viano
You will have witnessed the most spectacular of Spanish wine regions as it emerges from 100 years of seclusion and regains its place amoung the top wine regions of Europe and the world.
Priorat Gran Reserva Tour includes:
Traditional Catalan breakfast
Two comprehensive private winery visits with tastings of top wines.
A la carte Catalan lunch with the finest wines.
Refreshments throughout tour.
Expert multilingual guide / sommelier.
info pack of region, wineries and wines.
Price 420 euros p.p. net for 2 people
Price 370 euros p.p. net for 4 people
Price 310 euros p.p. net for 6 people
These exclusive tours are available on request only.
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