The Priorat is a fascinating and beautiful area which has so far remained undiscovered by all the most discerning visitor.
THE PRIORAT PIONEERS (CLOS WINERIES) - sample two day tour
DO MONTSANT & DOQ PRIORAT OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - sample two day tour
DOQ PRIORAT & DO PENEDÈS - sample two day tour
The mountainous inland region of Priorat County is home to two wine appellations: DOQ Priorat, one of the best wine regions in Spain these days and DO Montsant, an up-and-coming wine region which affectionately hugs the central DOQ Priorat wine region./holds the DOQ Priorat in its arms/ a loving embrace.
11am Arrival Priorat at train staion OR
9.30am PIck up Priorat hotel
10am morning vineyard in 4x4 and winery tour of a producer making wines in both Priorat and Montsant.
12.30pm Visit where the so-called Gratallops Revolution started.
Lunch at a high end restaurant based in a winery
4pm We drive up to a cliff-top winery with sweeping views over the region. DO Montsant wines.
6pm Head back to accommodation
Free evening or arranged dinner with guest winemaker.
9.30am Pick up at hotel and transfer to first winery of the day.
10am Winery tour - historical vineyards and family grape growing traditon.
12pm Cultural visit or second winery
2pm Picnic lunch with wines
4pm Olive oil mill and groves visit.
in 1979, René Barbier (from Tarragona) and his family bought their first vineyards in Priorat. Together with like-minded friends and colleagues (Alvaro Palacios, Carles Pastrana, Daphne Glorian, Josep Lluís Perez, Rosario, Adrian Garsed.....) he formed a small group of inquisitive wine enthusiasts and started to make their first wine together in 1989 in Gratallops.
11am Arrival Priorat at train station OR
9.30am Pick up Priorat hotel
11am - 12.30pm - Clos de l'Obac
1pm - Winery tour and lunch at Clos Figueras
3.30pm Head out to Scala Dei to get an understanding of the history of the area.
4.30pm Winery tour and olive oil tasting at little boutique.
Free time at hotel
8.30pm Optional Dinner at a high end restaurant in the area paired with "Clos" wines.
9.30am Pick up from Priorat Hotel
10am Full vineyard and winery tour of Mas Martinet including cheese tasting.
12.30pm Transfer to Falset to visit recently opened Wine Castle and visit the "hall of fame"!
2pm Lunch at El Celler de l'Aspic
4pm Transfer to Gratallops to end the day visiting Clos Mogador.
Priorat is about 2 hours south-west of Barcelona. If you are starting in the city, this trip will cover a wide range of wine styles all Made in Catalonia!
09:00 Take train from Barcelona to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the capital of Cava country.
10:00 Full vineyard and winery tour and tasting at Recaredo or similar high end cava producer.
13.30 Lunch in a shady village square amongst the vineyards.
16:00 Head south to Priorat.
17:30 Winery tour and tasting at a DOQ Priorat winery.
Check in to country hotel. Free time followed by dinner with a guest winemaker at hotel.
9.30 Pick up from hotel and transfer to first DOQ Priorat winery. One of the classics.
10:00 Winery tour at one of the Clos wineries.
12.30 Further wine tasting and lunch at a local winery.
16:00 DO Montsant or DOQ Priorat winery tour.
19.30 Train back to Barcelona.