Catalonia and Priorat Wine Tour

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Wine tour to one of Spain’s most dynamic and interesting wine regions

— The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a lively city with a huge variety of interesting culture, architecture and gastronomy. The wines from the districts around Barcelona are not far behind in notoriety. Here you find the famous cava, the Spanish bubbly. There is also Priorat, remote and rough country but with wines that have reached cult status. And much more. On this tour you will get to know a new generation of ambitious Spanish winemakers in one of Spain’s most original regions.

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This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

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Even at the end of October the weather is usually mild and sunny here in north-eastern Spain. Sitges (near Barcelona) on the sea, where we stay almost on the beach, is a real gem of a town with its fine sandy beaches, picturesque houses and narrow streets. Here you will enjoy an interesting mix of people and many tapas bars and restaurants.

Sitges has always had a big art colony, since the Modernists, the Catalan equivalent of the French Art Nouveau, came here in the late 1800s. Even Salvador Dali lived here for some time.

Catalonia has more than ten different DO-regions (Denominación de Origen). Penedès, near Barcelona, is the biggest. The area went through something of a revolution in the 1980s. It was at that time that winemakers discovered the quality potential of the region for many different types of wines, reds as well as whites. We spend two days in the Penedès region and will discover some very interesting producers. Of course we will also visit a cava producer, the world-famous Spanish sparkling wine.

One day we will go further south to the remote but scenic mountain area of Priorato, Priorat in Catalan, known for its powerful red wines. Priorat is an ancient wine region. It experienced, just like Penedès, a rebirth in the 1980s. Today the wines from here are sold sometimes at very high prices, a witness of its reputation and quality.

The charming coastal town of Sitges, Catalonia
The charming coastal town of Sitges, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

The wines are mentioned with great respect and some winemakers have achieved cult status. The vines are mostly planted on steep terraced hillsides.

We enjoy three lunches together. We will see examples of the new Spanish cuisine, and we will learn more about the art of combining food and wine.

In Catalonia there are of course a lot of seafood but also fine charcuterie, dry-cured ham, many specialities based on rice, tomatos, olive oil and olives, onions, everything related to the Mediterranean cuisine.

Evenings are free for your own gastronomic discoveries. Sometimes simply visits to a few tapas bars will be more than sufficient for dinner.

Our base for this tour will be the charming little seaside resort of Sitges, south of Barcelona. Staying in Sitges we avoid Barcelona’s quite impossible traffic jams.

It’s easy and fast to get to Sitges by train (or taxi) from Barcelona’s airport or from central Barcelona.

We can also recommend combining this trip with a few extra days to explore the wonderful city of Barcelona.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

Vineyards on the steep hillsides, Priorato, Catalonia
Vineyards on the steep hillsides, Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

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More info

We have written a lot about Catalonia and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

Here you can find more about travelling in the Catalonia wine region.

You can also find more information on the wines from Catalonia on BKWine Magazine.


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Program — Catalonia and Priorat in Spain wine tour

This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

Contact BKWine for more details.

Program overview

  • Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival in Barcelona / Sitges
  • Day 2, Thursday — Penedes
  • Day 3, Friday — Priorat
  • Day 4, Saturday — Penedes
  • Day 5, Sunday — Return home

Wednesday, Day 1 — Arrival in Barcelona / Sitges

Arrival in Sitges when you want during the day. Sitges is located on the coast just south of Barcelona.

From the railway station Barcelona Sanz it takes barely 30 minutes by suburban train to get to Sitges. Service twice an hour. Barcelona airport to Sitges is about 30 km and you can take either a suburban train (one easy transfer, about 30 minutes in total) or a taxi.

The city has a beautiful beach promenade lined by palm trees and outdoor cafés. The Cathedral perches on a cliff lies above the beach. The old city centre has plenty of restaurants and tapas bars. Our hotel is just a minute’s walk away from all this. If we are lucky with the weather it will be like central European summer even in late autumn. The average temperature of the sea is around 20 C in October…

Free evening to explore the tapas bars and restaurants. Do not forget you are in Spain and dinner times are late. It gives you all the more time to explore all the cafés!

A barrel cellar in Penedes, Catalonia
A barrel cellar in Penedes, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, Day 2 — Penedes

After breakfast, we set off to our waiting bus. Today we will visit wineries in Penedès, the area closest to Barcelona.

You can find many different styles of wine in Penedes, from sparkling and aromatic white wines, to really powerful red. The secret is that different grapes are planted at very different altitudes depending on the kind of temperatures they thrive in. Famous international grape varieties come together here with the local grapes of excellent quality, as for instance the cava grapes Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo.

We begin with a visit to Mas Comtal, an organic winery in the village of Avinyonet del Penedès. This is an innovative estate of 40 hectares divided in many different plots. This gives them a great variety of different soil. They grow Xarel-lo, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Our next visit is to Albet i Noya in Sant Pau d’Ordal. The Albet family is a pioneer for organic viticulture in Spain. The two brothers Josep Maria and Antoni Albet i Noya manage the winery since 1979 and this year they also began to cultivate the vineyards organically. They are also enthusiastic about the old, almost extinct grape varieties. Their wines are very high quality.

We will have lunch in the village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia at the restaurant Cal Blay. It blends new, modern ideas and traditional, fine Catalan cooking. We enjoy an excellent menú degustació. The wine list is fantastic and we can promise you some interesting things.

Late afternoon we return to Sitges. Free evening to explore the city.

Terraced vineyards in Penedes, Catalonia
Terraced vineyards in Penedes, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, Day 3 — Priorat

Today we head to Priorat, or Priorato as it used to be known. This wine region is situated in the mountains a fair bit south.

Priorat is a bit hidden away in the mountains in the region of Tarragona, some 80 kilometres from Barcelona.

The Priorat wines were long known as a heavy and strong in alcohol, dark and rough, made from Garnacha and Cariñena. The name comes from the name of the monastery Priorat de Scala Dei (God’s Ladder).

The monastery was built in the 1100s after a shepherd boy said that he had seen an angel come down from heaven on a ladder. The monks are not there any longer but the little village of Scala Dei and a wine of the same name still exist.

Since more than 20 years modern viticulture and technology is applied together with traditional methods.

The main grapes are still Cariñena and Grenache (Garnacha) but you can also find cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah, and to a lesser extent tempranillo. The fruit is intense and often very ripe.

Priorat is today synonymous with high-quality wines. Some of the world’s most expensive wines now come from these hard-to-work schist slopes. The typical soil is called llicorella. There is a cool sea breeze called Garbinada that moderate the temperature in the vineyards.

We will visit some of the top producers: Mas Igneus, Clos Figuera, Mas Martinet, Mas d’en Gil… We will enjoy lunch in the main town Gratallops, a little village surrounded by vineyards. Clos Figuera has a nice restaurant where we combine the excellent Catalan cuisine with the winery’s own wines.

Early evening we are back in Sitges. Free evening. If you are still not hungry after our rather substantial lunch, we can recommend some of the city’s tapas bars.

Thousands of bottles in a cava cellar, Pendes, Catalonia
Thousands of bottles in a cava cellar, Pendes, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, Day 4 — Penedes

Today we stay once again in the Penedes region. We will be a deep plunge into some of the best wines of the region and cava from a very original producer.

We start the day with an interesting visit to the Parés Balta in Pacs del Penedes. It is an old winery, founded already in 1790. Viticulture is organic and the vines grow at several different altitudes, from 170 meters to 750 meters.

The vineyard has two female winemaker, Maria Elena and Marta, both oenologists and wives of the two owners Joan and Josep Cusine. We take a walk in the vineyards before it is time for the cellar and an interesting wine tasting.

And then it’s time for cava! We will visit Recaredo, a cava producer in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. This family firm has high ambitions and thinks a little bit differently than everyone else. They are also organic.

What is perhaps even more unusual is that all their cavas are made without dosage, i.e. without any added sugar. They are in other words brut nature. They are kept for a long time on the lees, so they are both dry and complex.

Lunch will be served today at Torres’ fine restaurant Mas Rabell, a few kilometres from Torres huge winery in Pacs del Penedès. The restaurant is in an old house from the 16th century, tastefully renovated. We enjoy a sumptuous menu accompanied by various Torres wines. Torres is arguably the most well-known producer in Catalonia, indeed probably in all of Spain.

Late afternoon we are back at the hotel. Free evening to enjoy Sitges. You can take the elevator up to the hotel’s Sky Bar and enjoy the view, the best in Sitges!

Vineyards on the steep hillsides, Priorato, Catalonia
Vineyards on the steep hillsides, Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, Day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

Program may be subject to minor modifications.

A restaurant in Sitges, Catalonia
A restaurant in Sitges, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

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Tour Details — Catalonia & Priorat wine tour

Dates: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Price per person: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Included in the price:

  • 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast:
    • Four-star hotel in Sitges
  • Meals as described in the program above (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches with local specialities, including tasting of several wines, at wine producers’ or restaurants
  • Start and end point: Sitges (near Barcelona)
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Interpretation from Spanish as needed, some visits will be in English
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

Not included:

  • Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.

You organise your travel to Sitges yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.

For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered at the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 8.

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We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

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About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On those kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

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A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

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Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

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We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

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Important information

Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

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