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Catalonia is arguably the most diverse and dynamic winemaking region in all of Spain. From the mild Mediterranean shores to the craggy heights of the Sierra de Montsant, the region’s twelve spectacular wine regions produce a fantastic range of wines. You will have the opportunity to pop bottles of crisp Cava, refresh with robust rosatos, and savor elegantly powerful reds.

Join us for a seven-day tour of historical and culinary delights as we journey from the excitement of Barcelona’s wine scene, through six unique wine regions, and a behind-the-scenes look at a robust wine culture that’s not quite Spanish, and not quite French, but 100% Catalan!

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 4- & 5-star hotels, including breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 6 lunches
  • 9 winery visits
  • 3 historical tours
  • Local Expert Guide
  • DCanter Wine Expert
  • All of the activities included in the itinerary
  • All transportation on the tours
  • Mineral water on the bus rides
  • Airport departure transfer

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Barcelona, Spain
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
 
 
 
 

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Itinerary

The specific activities on this schedule are tentative and subject to minor adjustments due to logistical and other practical considerations.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - Arrival in Barcelona

We’ll kick-off our Catalan adventure in Barcelona, the exciting and cosmopolitan capital of the region. You’ll get to know your fellow travelers, and we’ll all get to know the tapas and wine scene of the region.

  • In the late afternoon, we’ll meet in the hotel lobby and head to an authentic bodega in the old quarter for vermouth and tapas along with a quick overview of what we’ll be doing over the week.
  • We’ll then walk over to a charming little wine shop and get up close and personal with the wines of Catalonia in this unique Catalan wine tasting. Catalonia is home to 12 spectacular wine regions which produce a fantastic range of wine styles. We’ll pair local wines with classic tapas dishes, and you will walk away with a clear picture of the local wine scene as we get ready to explore the region beyond Barcelona.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – Vineyards of Alella

Just a stone’s throw north of Barcelona, Alella is one of Spain’s smallest demarcated wine regions but home to some of its most innovative winemakers. We’ll spend the day getting to know the region.

  • Spend the morning with one of the most prestigious producers of the area. Here we will have a private tour of their facilities and learn what makes this bodega and this region so special. We will then taste a selection of their top wines, with views over the Mediterranean Sea.
  • We’ll meander down the road to a small, family run producer, where we will also enjoy a simple lunch overlooking the vines.
  • Before returning to Barcelona, we will make a quick stop in the historic village center and visit an authentic century old wine shop that is famous for its wide selection of small local producers, as well as being one of the best places around to enjoy a vermouth, which they brew on site.
  • Free evening at your leisure in Barcelona.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – Winemakers of Priorat

Home to intensely structured and complex red wines, Priorat’s incredibly beautiful and rugged landscapes make the region an unforgettable destination. We’ll spend two nights in the heart of Priorat, and use it as a base for exploring the southern reaches of Catalonia.

  • We’ll check-out of our Barcelona hotel and make the 2-hour drive south to Priorat.
  • Our first stop will be amongst the first wineries of the modern Priorat winemaking renaissance. It also happens to be one of the prettiest vineyards and most informative of the region.
  • After this wonderful visit, we will make a short trip into the tiny village of Gratallops, where we will visit another winery known for being one of the first in the region and for its charming character. While there, you'll enjoy a fantastic, traditional lunch in the winery featuring exceptional wines of the region.
  • Following lunch, we head to the charming hamlet of Porrera, where we’ll meet with the owners of a family-run winery, tour their beautiful vineyards, and taste their bold and robust wines.
  • Check-in at our boutique hotel, and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – Miravet Castle & the Delta d’Ebro

Today we will embrace the history and culture of southern Catalonia by mixing some historical tours with a little local cuisine.

  • Travel south to the Delta d’Ebro, where we will visit the Miravet Castle, a huge Romanesque castle rebuilt by the Knights Templar. Remarkably well preserved, the castle offers sweeping countryside views.
  • Journey to the fishing village of Sant Carles de la Ràpita, where you’ll learn firsthand how the businesses of the Delta de Ebro produce their delicious products and take in the history of their cultivation, unique to this territory.
  • Enjoy lunch on a seaside floating restaurant that doubles as an oyster and mussels farm. Indulge on incredible Mediterranean seafood accompanied by local wine and cava.
  • Return to the hotel in the Priorat for an evening at your leisure.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – Tarragona & Poblet

Today you will enjoy a fantastic day of history and culture with a fun and extremely knowledgeable local guide. He will take you to Roman Tarragona in the morning and then you will learn about the Conquest 1,000 years later!

  • Check out of your hotel in the morning.
  • We will visit Tarragona, starting with a stroll through the Roman walls, through the gardens that line the walls and then down through old gothic medieval center to the Cathedral. We'll enter the cloister and exit through the Cathedral, then go down to the history museum in the Roman Circus, where there are underground Roman tunnels to explore, as well as an elevator up to the top of one of the towers, affording amazing views of the old quarter and Mediterranean. Finally, we'll head to the Amphitheater.
  • After a morning of history, we’ll make a short journey inland and visit a fantastic producer in the Conca de Barbara region. Here we will enjoy a classic Catalan lunch and tasting of the region’s indigenous varieties.
  • After lunch, we'll make a short trip to the Poblet Monastery, one of the most enchanting in Spain. You will learn about its history and winemaking traditions. The Monastery was founded in 1151 when the Cistercians spread into Spain from France and founded three monasteries in Catalonia.
  • We will end the day at a fantastic hotel in the Penedès with the evening at your leisure.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – Be a Winemaker for the Day in Penedès

It’s harvest time and you will spend the day as a biodynamic winemaker! Biodynamic agriculture is one of the most intentional, yet misunderstood, methods of viticulture. You’ll see it up close and gain a greater understanding of how winemakers incorporate the flora, fauna, sun, and moon to craft remarkable wines.

  • Meet your dynamic local winemaker who will share his tricks and winemaking philosophy. Next, grab your sheers and learn how to select and cut the best grapes. We’ll work out in the fields for a few hours, then head back to the cellar to see what comes next in the winemaking process.
  • We’ll partake in a fantastic paella lunch prepared by a local chef right in the vineyard. During lunch we will enjoy a tasting of the winemaker's top wines.
  • Following lunch, we will head one of the best Cava producers for an afternoon visit and tasting and learn how their emphasis on tradition is setting the trend for Cava’s future. We’ll learn all about the philosophy behind this producer and enjoy a fantastic tasting.
  • Return to our hotel to relax or enjoy an evening on your own in the nearby village.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 – Cycling through Wine Country

A bicycle is a great way to get around the Penedès and visit local wineries. The bikes are comfortable and ergonomic, with front suspension and gel saddles. An e-bike option is also available if you wish to have a more relaxing ride.

  • You’ll begin cycling alongside vineyards and orchards, seeing the beautiful Catalan countryside and exploring wine country.
  • After about a 2-hour ride, we will stop at our first vineyard for an informative visit and delicious tasting.
  • We will then continue a few minutes down the road to reach a fantastic winery and enjoy a visit, tasting, and a meal of traditional Catalan food in the cool cellar of one of the wineries.
  • After lunch we will begin our drive back to the hotel.
  • After a well-earned rest, we’ll reconvene as a group to have a gourmet dinner and celebrate our final evening together!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - Depart or extend your trip on your own

We’ll arrange a morning transfer to the Barcelona Airport where you can depart to the U.S. or continue your travel adventures.

 
 
 
 

INFORMATION

DATES: Sunday, September 25 – Sunday, October 2, 2022

COST : $4,975 per person (double occupancy) // $1,100 single occupancy supplement

Accommodations

Enjoy superior 4- and 5-star accommodations in Barcelona, Priorat, and Penedes.

Your boutique hotel in Barcelona will be central location with all of the necessary modern conveniences, including a wide range of entertainment options, onsite restaurant and bar, fitness facilities, business services, wifi, and 24-hour reception.

Your small luxury hotel in Priorat is a modern oasis that was once part of an historic monastery.

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Meet Your Guides

 

MICHAEL WARNER & MICHELLE LIM WARNER

If you have visited DCanter, then you have probably attended one of Michael’s many wine classes or received a personal wine recommendation. Michael Warner is a Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of DCanter, where he is the wine buyer. He holds a Certified Specialist of Wine designation from the Society of Wine Educators, consults frequently with specialty wine importers, and he has been featured in publications, such as the Washington Post, Fast Company, France2 News, and Meininger's Wine Business International. A frequent traveler, he has visited wine regions throughout France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Balkans, and – of course – the United States. Michelle is a Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of DCanter, where she also manages its innovated Concierge by DCanter personal wine shopping service. In her role, Michelle developed innovated wine curation decision support tools and customer resource management software to help her Concierge clients receive the right wine every time. A great lover of learning and education, Michelle has appeared on several wine industry speaking panels, and she has been featured in publications, such as the Washington Post and Wine Enthusiast magazine.

 

DANNY ADLER

Danny was born and raised in New York City but has lived in Spain since 2007. He started his career as a cook in some of New York's finest restaurants then traveled to Spain and fell in love with its culture, gastronomy and history. After a brief stint as a business travel journalist, which took him on assignment to destinations as diverse as Zambia and Georgia, he settled in Barcelona travel industry for good. In 2016 he opened Adler & Marlow, which focuses on tailor-made travel experiences for luxury travelers visiting Spain and Portugal. Adler & Marlow hit the ground running and was met with great success right from the get go. It’s bespoke travel programs go the extra mile while trying to find the perfect ingredients for each traveler's dream trip. Danny takes great pride in his ability to share and bring travelers closer to my new-found homeland.

This Trip is for You if…

YOU ENJOY TRYING NEW WINE AND FOOD.

While most Spanish cuisine and wine styles are fairly familiar to most of us, there are a few dishes that might seem a bit unfamiliar at first. Think sparkling wine with sardines– it’s not something many of us eat every day, but it’s delicious!

YOU LIKE EXPLORING OFF THE BEATEN PATH.

Some of the places we’ll be going aren’t regular stops for American tourists. It might be tough to find fluent English speakers in some villages, and wineries may not have formal tasting rooms.

YOU ENJOY MAKING NEW FRIENDS.

We're going to have a small group of no more than 15 people, so everyone will have plenty of time to get to know each other. There will be a little personal time each day, but expect to interact with everyone on the trip.

This Trip is Not for You if…

YOU LIKE TO STAY IN ONCE PLACE. We'll be exploring new places everyday.

YOU ONLY DINE IN MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS.

Most Spanish wineries don’t operate full-service restaurants, so there’s a good chance you’ll be enjoying meals with the winemaker, in their homes, and cooked by their families. Many meals will be served family style, feature locally sourced ingredients, and be prepared according to local customs.

YOU DON'T LIKE TO SPEND TIME WITH OTHERS.

Although this tour is limited to 15 people, we'll be spending a lot of time together. You'll make new friends, but there will also be a little time each day to spend on your own.

YOU’RE ON A DIET.

There's going to be a lot of terrific food and wine to enjoy, and you won't want to skip any of it!

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