Here's the tentative itinerary of this winery tour:
Upon arrival in Barcelona you'll be picked up and brought to our hotel. The remainder of the day you can rest, clean up, and start to get acclimated to the time change.
We will stay in Barcelona that evening and will have a special welcoming dinner at an excellent tapas bar near Las Ramblas. After that it will be time for rest, because you're going to need it!
Things will really get started today and after having breakfast at the hotel we'll head to Taragona and the DOQ Priorat. This is the home of some of Spains best wine, which means some of the world's best wine.
Our first stop will be Clos Mogador for a personalized tour of the winemaking facilities and their vineyard. After the tour we'll taste their current selections with a delicious cheese pairing. If you've been on wine tours in the US, this is different. Tours will last about 2 hours and good walking shoes are necessary. Past vintages of their wines have earned scores of 98+ from the Wine Advocate.
Then we'll take a short drive to Falset for a nice sit-down lunch at Mas Trucafort, which is a great rural setting restaurant that cooks their local cuisine on an open fire.
Next we go back to Gratallops for a winery tour at Celler Devenssi. This is a quaint, small production winery that is doing amazing things. Your host, Jordi, is wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and just a joy to be around.
That evening will be a very special one. We'll be staying at Mas Figueres which by itself is an amazing 19th century estate house that's been turned into a bed and breakfast, but this is also the night of Videnit 2018. Approximately 20 vineyards come together, at Mas Figueres, to celebrate the wines of this amazing place. There's more than enough wine, delicious local food, and live music going on, under the beautiful clear starry night, to create something you would never forget.
The next morning you'll have breakfast served at Mas Figueres and then we hop into the van and head north to Penedes and the home of Cava, Spain's delicious sparkling wine. Our first stop will address just that, Cava at 1+1=3 where you will enjoy a tour of the winemaking facilities, their vineyard and will taste their current selections.
For a quick lunch we'll stop into Salo Cafeteria and then go to another nearby winery, Can Rafols del Caus. Strikingly beautiful Caus is known for their red wines which you'll get to taste.
Then we'll go to Montserrat, a medieval mountain top monastery that has to be seen to be believed. From the top of the mountain you can see the valley below for miles and miles.
From there we'll head back to Barcelona for some time to be away from the group. We'll check into our hotel and everyone can go their own way.
After breakfast at the hotel you'll have a day all to yourselves. You can walk down Las Ramblas, go to any of the plentiful museums, find a quaint restaurant, whatever. This is a totally free day to explore one of the world's most interesting cities, however you want.
We will all meet after breakfast, at your hotel, and then head north to a new Spanish wine appellation, Emporda. Located in and near the Pyrenees the first place we'll go is Perelada for a private tour of their cellar, winemaking facilities and then we'll enjoy their four wines.
After the tour and tasting we'll do something very special and take a private guided tour at Museo del Castillo de Perelada. Here we will explore a 13th century castle that has been turned into an impressive museum, complete with a section dedicated to medieval wine making. We will also take a leisurely tour of their grounds which are quite beautiful.
We will have a delicious lunch at El Pelegrini, a very good local restaurant before we head to our next winery.
Martin Faxio is located in the Pyrenees and the drive to it is breathtaking. You'll see the beautiful blue Mediterranean off in the distance. There again we'll taste their wines, tour the facility, and receive amazing hospitality.
That night we'll stay in Cadaques at Hotel Playa Sol. This is an amazing beach village which is also the home of famous surrealist painter, Salvador Dali.
After check-in we'll go to Campartir, easily the best restaurant in the area, for one last meal together as a group.
Breakerfast will be served at your hotel and it will be a lazy morning with nothing to do until 10 am. Then we'll get a personalize guided tour of the home of Salvador Dali.
After that tour We'll hop into the van, head south, and drive to Tossa de Mar, another wonderful beach village. We will be staying at the Hotel Delfin, which is located in the middle of town and easy walking distance to the beach. After check in everybody can have some free time for themselves. It's our last full day in Spain.
Yes, that is a picture of Tossa del Mar.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before we pack up and head to Barcelona airport for the flight home.
If you've never been to Catalonia, Spain why not visit the region with a Pro? Yes, we're expanding from our traditional region of Virginia and going international in June 2018. We will be taking a small group of fun people to explore some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, taste some food to die for, and drink their amazing wine.
This once in a lifetime experience includes:
When: Tentatively June 28th, 2018 through July, 5th, 2018
Cost: TBD - We're still working on this
For more information about joining the trip just fill out the form and we'll get back to you.
Tour of Spain