The Priorat is a fascinating, beautiful area which so far has remained undiscovered by only the most discerning visitor. We would like to take you by the hand and show you what makes this area so special, by tasting its food, wines, meeting the locals. We offer one day trips to DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant wine country from Barcelona (or other nearby cities) by train or by private transfer - you choose the option you prefer....
THE PRIORAT PIONEERS (CLOS WINERIES) - sample one day tour
DO MONTSANT & DOQ PRIORAT - sample one day tour
DOQ Priorat BEFORE THE PIONEERS
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.
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. The rest is now history, but this tour will allow you to catch a glimpse of what changed in Priorat in the early Nineties thanks to this group's hard work and determination.
SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR ONE DAY
11am Arrival Priorat at train station OR
9.30am Pick up Priorat hotel
11am - 12.30pm - Clos Mogador
1pm - Winery tour and lunch
Despite the stardom of the so-called Clos wineries of Gratallops, before these famous brands irrupted on the Priorat wine scene, there were 3-4 other producers who had already started the difficult task of improving winemaking techniques in Priorat. These were the Scala Dei wineries and Masia Barril, the Vinicola cooperative of Gratallops and De Muller...
prescriptor José Peñín, para quien Masía Barril “fue la bisagra entre el Priorato de las cooperativas de los setenta y la irrupción de los Clos de los noventa capitaneados por José Luis Pérez, Álvaro Palacios, René Barbier y Carles Pastrana”. Double click to insert body text here ...