Discover Catalonia through its Wines
One of the best ways to explore Catalonia is by visiting its wine regions. The province has eleven wine regions or DOs and is home to some of the best winemakers in Spain (Denomiación de Origen) making it an ideal choice of location for a wine tour.
Our Wine Tours
Our private wine tours take you all over Catalonia, ensuring you discover much more about the province than only its wines. Catalonia’s wine regions cover most of its territory, from the Emporda and Costa Brava in the north to Costers de Segre in the west and Priorat, Montsant, and Terra Alta in the south. On our wine-focused holidays, you also get to see and experience everything else Catalonia has to offer, too; its fabulous landscape, sleepy villages, culture, local traditions, and, of course, its wonderful and varied gastronomy.
We take you to Catalonia’s top wineries in each of its eleven regions. You meet the winemakers, learn all about the secrets of their wines, and the land that produces them, and of course discover the wines themselves!
We also open the doors to some exciting new winemakers. These are wineries creating interesting new wines and transforming the fortunes of less well know regions by following the example set by trailblazing winemakers like Alvaro Palacios and Rene Barbier, who put Spain on the wine map in the 1980s.
Whichever parts of Catalonia you want to include on your wine tour, you stay at our handpicked hotels en route, each with its own unique character and charm. We also ensure you don’t miss out on any of each province’s food by booking you in at the best local restaurants in each place.
We’ll recommend wineries to include on each stage of your holiday, or let us know which wines and wine regions you are interested in and we can adapt your wine tour accordingly.
Catalonia’s Eleven Wine Regions.
Some of the best red wines now produced in Spain are from the rugged mountainous region of Tarragona in the south of Catalonia, and 95% of Spain’s famous fizz, Cava is from the Penedes, an hour’s drive from Barcelona. However, Catalonia’s other up-and-coming DOs have lots to offer anyone here on a wine holiday.
Priorat, Montsant, Terra Alta and Tarragona
Top of the list for most wine lovers on a tour of Catalonia is the Priorat, indeed it is considered by many the best wine region to visit in Spain. This DO in the south of Catalonia stands out for its full-bodied, earthy red wines grown on its harsh, licorella soil by winemakers like Alvaro Palacios, Clos Mogador, and Clos de l’Obac.
But pioneering winemakers of neighbouring regions are catching on to the Priorat’s success, and winemakers like Celler Pinol in Terra Alta, Espectacle (by Clos Mogador) in Montsant, and De Muller in Tarragona are beginning to make a name for themselves with some really excellent wines.
Conca de Barbera and Costers de Segre
The wine region of Conca de Barbera was set up in 1985, and its limestone soils give wines like the excellent Torres Grans Muralles their unique characteristics.
Costers de Segre, in the province of Lleida, borders the Segre River. Its challenging landscape is home to some exciting new winemakers, like Castel d’Encus, some of whose vineyards are at altitudes of over 1000m.
Penedes, Pla de Bages and Alella
The three geographically different wine regions of Penedes, Pla de Bages and Alella are all within an hour’s drive of Barcelona.
The Penedes is most well-known for Cava and the new high-end Corpinnat brand, but wineries like Jean Leon, Torres, and Pares Balta are increasingly also producing excellent reds.
Pla de Bages is a beautiful region in the shadow of Montserrat mountain. Vines have been cultivated here since Roman times, but more recently, winemakers like Oller de Mas and Abadal are putting it on firmly the map.
Alella is a small region on the Maresme coast whose sandy granite soil produces some highly regarded crisp white wines by winemakers like Alta Alella and Mario Rovira.
The northernmost wine region of Catalonia, the Emporda, is influenced by the Mediterranean climate and the unforgiving Tramuntana wind from the Pyrenees. Wines from the Emporda DO are even known locally as “wines from the wind”.
Wineries like Castillo Perallada and Terra Remota are helping to change the fortunes of this once-poor wine region, producing wines that have been compared to the Beaujolais wines of its neighbour, France
7 day wine tour of Catalonia – The Penedes, Priorat and Monsant
This tour combines fine wine with wonderful local food and culture to provide you with the perfect introduction to Catalan wines and the country that produces them. Your travels take you from the Penedes, home to 96% of the worlds cava production, to the Priorat and Monsant regions, where you’ll discover what are unarguably some of Spain’s finest reds. You’ll meet the regions’ top producers who’ll tell you all about the processes and history behind their wines and you’ll also be shown round and given tastings by our friendly, local expert wine guides.
Remember this tour is just an example; all our tours are tailor-made and we can adapt them to perfectly meet your tastes and needs. If wine is just one of your passions you might like to explore more or add a few days to your holiday at a charming seaside hotel. Let us know what you are looking for.
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A charming 9-room boutique hotel right in the centre of Barcelona will be your home-away-from-home for your first night here.
We’ll make sure you see its top sights, such as Gaudí’s magnificent Sagrada Família (organised by us so you won’t have to queue) as well as some of its most enchanting corners.
For lunch we take you on a private gastronomy and tapas tour of some of Barcelona’s best venues as way of an introduction to Catalan food. In the evening you can sample a couple of local vintages relaxing on the terrace of a specialist wine bar, before dinner at an atmospheric local restaurant.
You visit two contrasting wineries in Spain’s cava capital Sant Sadurni. Your first stop is one of the few producers who age their cavas for up to 12 years. This family firm is in its sixth generation as cava producers and the tour of their premises is fascinating. Your second stop is a smaller family run winery, producing excellent cavas with an evident passion for their profession.
Your award-winning 5 star hotel is very much in keeping with the wine theme as it is attached to another vineyard. It has an excellent restaurant with an inspired and reasonably priced menu, where you’ll be booked in for dinner. If you need to wind down the hotel offers wine or cava baths in the privacy of your room along with a variety of other wellness treatments and massages.
On your second day here you explore hotel’s vineyards, have a guided wine tasting and visit the nearby town of Villafranca, where you are booked into one of our hand-picked restaurants for supper. You may also be able to see the famous local troop of Castellers practicing their incredible human towers.
Priorat and Montsant
More fine wines await you in the beautiful Priorat and Montsant regions, along with rugged scenery, royal pantheons, and remote villages. Priorat wines are among the best in Spain with producers like Alvaro Palacios from the Rioja and Catalan, Rene Barbier behind the revival and enormous success of the region. A large part of Priorats’ wines’ success is down to the characteristic slate licorella soil of the region.
You’ll be staying in a beautifully restored, early 19th-century mansion set in an lovely medieval village. Between tastings you can visit the magnificent monastery of Poblet, ancient resting place of the Catalan kings or the hilltop village of Siurana. In the evenings you’ll enjoy dinners of local specialities at our handpicked restaurants complete with expert wine pairings.
Back to the airport for your flight home and we say “Fins Aviat!” (Catalan for “hope to see you again soon”
Price from € 1350 pp (based on two people sharing)
If you’d like more information about this tour or would like us to customize a tour for you please contact us.
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