El Priorat, Catalonia

El Priorat, Catalonia - Wine & Walk Tours

 

One of Spain's best kept secrets, the Priorat is a small area enclosed by sweeping cliffs and rugged hillsides.  It has a long history from prehistory through to the modern day as a landscape that has always provided physical and spiritual sustenance.

El Priorat in the Tarragona Province, is recognised internationally as a first rate wine producing zone, its licorella soils being the key to producing a rich, full bodied vintage.

Priorat is one of the most thrilling wine regions in Spain.

Located by Catalonia's stunning Montsant Nature Park - the Sacred Mountains. We have combined delightful vineyard walking tours, expert led wine tasting & tuition with superb fine dining and a kitchen experience in one of the most stunning settings to be found in Catalonia.

This paradise is just a couple of hour's train ride from the heart of the city of Barcelona. Take your time to traverse this landscape from south to north

 A walk, wine and dine tour of the Priorat is a pleasurable journey of easy exploration and delicious discovery.

DOQ Priorat

The best wines from this region are now recognised as some of Spain’s most sophisticated and sought-after reds. The Priorat's secret is it's ancient, spectacular terroir. Antique terraced hillside vineyards with slate and mica soils and old Garnacha vines are the main elements of the Priorat magic.

Today's wine producers are ambitious and quality-conscious, determined to produce the best wines the terroirs permit. Garnacha (Grenache) and Cariñena (Carignan) are the signature grape varieties, with the international influences of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There are also good whites and rosé offerings.

Given the precipitous lie of the land, the Priorat's bodegas are mostly small scale with very low yielding vines that also result in a concentration of alcohol content. Vintages are continually attracting international acclaim and high prices. Here in their land of origin, many of these vintages are relatively inexpensive and absolutely delicious.

This a magical hidden corner of Catalonia. The walking is at a relaxed pace, easy to negotiate and offers lots of surprises - the landscape, traditions and flavours.

Whether you fancy yourself as a wine aficionado or not - everyone can find inspiration in the glass and on the plate. Our selection of trips offer excellence in the scenery, wine and dining experiences. A heady mix that makes for a simply outstanding sensory experience.

Please note we can alter daily length of walks to suit your ability.

Day 1 -El Priorat awaits!

Arrival by train or taxi to the peaceful private house hotel set in a landscaped garden and vineyard. Meet and greet by Frontier local guide. Country House Hotel.

Day 2 -Discover the vineyards of D.O. Montsant

Local circular walk through vineyards and hazlenut groves from Marça to Capçanes and back. Visit and tasting at local vineyard specialising in kosher wines.
13kms. +250m climb. Country House Hotel.

Day 3 - Into the 'Wolf's Lair

Short transfer to the nearby town of Falset, capital of the Priorat and Monsant region. Linear walk crossing the Siurana river through vines and native woods to your next base in the small village of Gratallops. Wine tasting at local bodega.
8.5kms. +300m. Village Boutique Hotel.

Day 4 - Muleteer's and Olive groves

Local circular walk using ancient cobbled paths that take in the stunning views over the Priorat.
17kms. +600m. Village Boutique Hotel.

Day 5 - On Holy Ground

Linear walk past the ruins of Scala Dei monastery to the village of Morera del Montsant.
15kms. +650m. Village Hotel.

Day 6 - Where Eagles Fly and Hermits Dwell

Guided linear walk through the Montsant Nature Park. Breathtaking views over the entire Priorat region, all the way to the mediterranean sea. Wine tasting en route. Gentle climb to the cliff top village of Siurana.
15.5km. +650m. Village Boutique Hotel.

Day 7 - Of Moorish Princess's last leaps!

Half day circular walk. Afternoon kitchen experience with renowned contemporary chef. Evening taster menu.
Village Boutique Hotel.

Day 8 -Transfer by taxi to Reus airport, or train station for return to Barcelona.

During your Priorat sojourn, you'll experience a choice of private houses and boutique hotels; all hand picked once we've vouched for their warm welcome, comfort and excellent cuisine!

The Ruins of Scala Dei

The 12th century Monastery of Scala Dei, located in the foothills of the Montsant mountain range, was home to a group of Carthusian monks until 1835. During the seven centuries in which the monks lived there, they taught different farming techniques, including cultivating vines on the steep slate-based slopes of the area. The word Priorat derives from the term for the lands and villages owned by the priory of Scala Dei.

The ruins of this monastery are impressive and well worth a visit during your walking tour.

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What You Said...

"We found the experience wonderful, exciting and challenging. The people we encountered were uniformly friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. The walking environment was glorious, replete with spring wildflowers, breathtaking views and small villages. Many times we had a sense of walking through a bygone era especially as we either walked through or saw in the distance small villages nestled in the hills, as they were for centuries."

Bob and Judy McCarthy, USA

At a glance...

Date: All Year Round, except summer.

Cost: From £1195 per person, based on two sharing, 7 nights (B&B) - flights not inc.

Grade: Medium

Accommodation
A mix of Private House and Boutique Hotels. Baggage transfers, Bodega tastings and Kitchen experience with Taster menu included.

Getting There
Transport to The Priorat is by direct train from Barcelona airport or taxi from Reus airport.

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