Priorat has garnered a well-deserved international reputation as one of the top wine regions in Spain. In fact, it is just one of two D.O.Q. (denominació d’origen de qualitat) in the entire country (Rioja is the other). About 2 hours from Barcelona, the region boasts a 12th-century Carthusian monastery, Romanesque churches and Modernista wineries. The wines, though, are the true highlight. These full-bodied wines are among the most exclusive in Spain, given the limited-production and difficulties in growing them, but the love and effort of the local winemakers shines through and results in a spectacular final product. Thee region also offers its own D.O for olive oil, and the mountain cuisine is a delightful combination of local ingredients.
Some of the highlights of this tour include:
- Entrance to wineries and tasting.
- Scala Dei Monastery. This 12th century Carthusian monastery is often acknowledged as the place Priorat wine bagan. A visit to the remains gives you a good background to how the region as well as offering a winery and olive oil producer.
- El Pont del Diable, a Roman Aqueduct used to suply the city with water. On the road down to the wine region, we will stop for a minute to enjoy the views and history of this Roman treasure.
- Lunch in a winery.