"Wine tours, tastings & historic sites...more than wine"
Valencian Cellar Tours
"DOQ Priorat vineyards, tastings & history"
The luxury wine experience
visits the historic vineyard enclave of DOQ Priorat. A special itinerary for the wine connoisseur over 2 days with 4/5 star overnight hotel accommodation, Catalan cuisine, guided visits & premium wine tastings that promises to be the most exuberant tour. As there are various options for this tour I have detailled one itinerary below with further tailor-made options on enquiry.
This ancient winemaking region is spectacular with its terraces & steep llicorella slopes providing a unique terroir. The vines burrow through crumbled slate for water & paired with an extreme climate the traditional Grenache & Carignan reach their highest potential. Supporting varieties such as Cab Sauv., Merlot, Syrah, Lledoner Pelut are often in the blend. Wines are of high alcohol & feature very complex mineral notes combined with floral, herbal & fruit macerated in spirit.
White wines are based on Grenache Blanc complimented by Macabeo, Pedro Ximénez & a few others and are notably potent with intensity of exotic fruit combined with high acidity, high alcohol, full bodied, salinity and long finish.
In 1194 the Carthusian monastic order settled at the foot of the Montsant Mountains where legend says there had once been a staircase to heaven used by the Angels. There they built the Scala Dei Monastery.
Day 1. Leaving early from Valencia you shall arrive at our morning winery visit, one of the original pioneering bodegas that recovered winemaking in the 80´s. This is unique property with possibly the best wines of Priorat & not open to public. Our private appointment with owners shall taste outstanding vintages from this artisanal detailist winery. Depending on weather we may visit the llicorella slopes by Landrover. After our winery visit we shall stop for a gourmet lunch near Gratallops, a boutique restaurant with views over the vineyards & Montsant Mountains. In the afternoon we shall visit our 2nd winery, a modern impressive winery with tour & premium tastings of a selection of their wines. If we have time we will make 3rd bodega tasting..all depends on timing .
Depending on your hotel choice we shall be staying at the 4* Hostal Hotel Sport in Falset or the relaxed, retreat setting of 5* "Luxury Small Hotel & Winery " Terra Dominicata. Time to explore Falset, it´s historic streets with wine & local culinary produce - honey, olive oil, hazelnuts, Vermut. Falset Castle & it´s Wine Co-Op are of interest architecturally. Dinner may be at your hotel or at a restaurant in Falset.
Guests at Terra Dominicata may dine at the hotels Alma Mater restaurante, set in it´s own 130hct estate. Electric bike use, pool, wine tasting in library etc.. hi-speed wifi available.
Day 2. After breakfast we will make our way to the historic Cellers de Scala Dei. You will step back in time through the cellars used by the monks for their first wines in 1263 & who in time wrote their own "Vine Growing Manual". Priorat´s first bottled wine was at the Priorato de Scala Dei, these wines taking part at the 1878 Paris Worlds Fair and awarded a gold medal. Many hidden treasures like the medieval barrel hall, fermentation lagares, old fudres & relics of the monks winemaking past are all around you. A fully guided visit of the various halls with a premium tasting of their wines in the cellar afterwards is a joy. They have wines & interesting craft items at their shop to support the vineyard.
We then move on to the avantgarde new winery of Mas Doix, nr Poboleda. Incredible views of Montsant Escarpment & the steep llicorella slopes on all sides..truly impressive from the crest of the col where their new self sufficient (solar & well water) bodega is located ..built with the natural slate & set into the hillside. A tasting of their fantastic wines from their panaromic tasting room is amazing...just like their wines..la alma de Priorat. Lunch will be next ..a modern angle on Catalan cuisine at a small boutique restaurante, Brots in Poboleda. After lunch we shall make a visit to our 3rd winery of the day ..state of the art winemaking with French know how, select wines with intensive planting on the steep slopes give remarkable complexity ..even the white Grenache is a star. We shall visit the higher vine slopes by buggy (weather dependant) & you will taste various barrel samples before we have the actual wine tasting in their plush Scandinavian style salon.
Finally we return to Valencia in the evening or alternatively you may rest at the hotel a 2nd night for return the next morning.
The itinerary for this Luxury trip is open to tailoring & I am happy to discuss the detail on enquiry with your preferences.
The wines and cuisine on this tour are top level and reflected in the price with no compromise. Top wines of Spain of limited availability.
Price: From Euro 849 p/p based on standard double room. (Room upgrades available).
- Pickup Valencia hotel 0740hrs by Mercedes
- Arrive 1st Winery 1030-1045hrs Tour /Prem. tastings (possible cafe stop)
- Gourmet lunch 1330-1345hrs
- 2nd Bodega Tour/Prem. Tastings
- 3rd Bodega Prem tastings (optional subject timing)
- Check in hotel early evening, free time, dinner at leisure.*
- Pickup at hotel (time variable)
- Visit 1st Bodega Cellers Scala Dei with Tour or priory cellars/Prem tastings.
- Visit 2nd Bodega Mas Doix with Tour/Prem tastings.
- Gourmet Lunch 1345hrs Brots, Poboleda (or Terra Dominicata)
- Final 3rd Bodega visit Mas Perinet Tour/Prem tastings
- Return evening to Valencia (or stay addit. night at hotel returning Valencia next morning- supp. applies)
Included: All transport, personal guiding available 24/7 during trip, 3 cse gourmet lunch Day 1 & Day 2 (exc. beverages), 1 night hotel accom inc. breakfast, min. 5 winery tours/tastings.
* Half board supp available. Exc wine & beverages outside of tastings.
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