Sultry reds and pristine scenery, Priorat is the ultimate wine experience for connoisseurs
Priorat is Spain’s most elite wine region and often referred to as Spain’s “Burgundy”. Known as “Priorat” in Catalan and “Priorato” in Spanish, this phenomenal wine region is making some of the nation’s most exciting and most expensive wines. Priorat is where Alvaro Palacios’ L’ Ermita, Rene Barbier’s Clos Mogador and Mas Doix are all made. It also happens to be one of the most picturesque and unspoiled wine regions in Europe. Located about two hours south of Barcelona and less than an hour from Tarragona, it is an easy day trip to the wine country and we have created this premium tour for those looking for a VIP Priorat wine experience. You will drive into the spectacular Montsant National Park, with its red ochre mountains and steep terraced vineyards, reminiscent of Portugal’s Douro Valley. You will visit two of the finest estates such as Costers del Siurana (Clos de l´Obac) and Mas d Én Gil or Capafons-Ossó (making the wonderful Mas de Masos wine).
Taste a range of rich, sultry red Priorat wines and learn about the history of the region. Priorato means “Priory” and the region is named after the 11th century Carthusian monastery (i.e., Priory) in Scala Dei. You´ll have a chance to visit the ruins of this captivating monastery, set amid scenic vineyards with the beautiful Montsant mountains as a backdrop. Tour the vineyards by 4X4 and see the old vine Garnacha (Grenache) and Cariñena (Carignan) vineyards up close. Explore the wine hamlets of the Priorat like Gratallops and Falset, where you will dine at the gourmet Aspic restaurant. Expect Catalan fare with a creative twist in a stylish and contemporary dining room. Chef Toni Bru will give you a VIP chef’s welcome and you’ll enjoy a tasting menu paired with outstanding wines. If you are looking for a luxury wine tasting excursion to the Priorat then contact us for more information.
Priorat Wine Tour Highlights:
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Priorat Wine Tour
Luxury Priorat Wine Tours Itinerary
Wine Tasting at Costers del Siurana
In the morning, your private chauffeur and luxurious Mercedes will collect you at your Barcelona or Tarragona hotel. Transfer to the stunning, terraced wine region of Priorat, get ready for a fabulous day! Arrive to Bellmut of Priorat, which is home to the winery Mas d’En Gil, a family run winery for many generations. Currently run by the daughters of the charming patriarch Pere Rovira Rovira, Mr. Rovira still keeps active in the overseeing of production. Your tour will be private and VIP and you will receive a 4X4 visit to the vineyards to see the fascinating Llicorella (slate or “Schist” soils)., and of course a private special tasting of their high quality wines like Coma Bella and Clos Fonta. Try a surprisingly delicious red wine vinegar, as well.
Carry on to lunch in the neighboring village of Falset, where the annual Fira del Vi (wine fair) is held. A special five course tasting menu paired with stellar wines awaits! After lunch, you’ll transfer to the little wine hamlet of Gratallops. You will be visiting the Costers del Siurana estate. This mythical small winery, run by the charismatic Carles Pastrana makes the Clos de l'Obac wine. This is a serious wine made with fifty year old Garnacha (Grenache) and Cariñena vines. Powerful and delicious! While tasting the flagship Clos de l´Obac and the precious Dolç de l´Obac wines, you can check out some of the famous Tarragona based photographer Pep Escoda´s black and white beautiful images of the Priorat.
Before returning to your hotel you can stop in Scala Dei to see the remains of the ancient Priory. Your driver will drop you back off in the evening, passing lovely terraced vineyards as you travel out the of the Montsant national park.
For those wanting to splurge on a special wine tasting excursion, this trip is for you! You will leave with a wine gift and above all with a deeper appreciation of Priorat wine culture.
“You can be proud of how you have arranged this tour. Both vineyards were excellent and we were very nicely treated by both Carles Pastrana and Marta Rovira. A personality like Carles Pastrana is of course somewhat beyond and above the normal level. We had an excellent lunch at Costers Del Siurana`s restaurant. To summarize everything was on or above our expectations and we will return one day.”
Sune Karlsson, Zurich, Switzerland.
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