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Wine Grown in Catalonia

Catalan wine is wine made in the Spanish wine region of Catalonia. The term may also be used to refer to some French wines made in the Catalan influenced region of Roussillon. The city of Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the focal point of the Catalan wine industry, serving as its primary consumer market, an exporting coastal port and source of financial investment and resources. The area has a long winemaking tradition and was the birthplace of the sparkling wine Cava, invented in the early 1870s in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia by Jose Raventos of Codorniu Winery. At the turn of the 20th century, the Catalan wine industry was at the forefront of Spain's emergence as a world leader in quality wine production, being the first Spanish wine region to adopt the use of stainless steel fermentation tanks. The area is also an important cork production region, with output aimed primarily at the region's Cava houses

 

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Catalonian Wine Tours by Bike

Discover the cultural heritage, food & wine, festivals, traditions, natural beauty spots, spas, rural villages &Barcelona on this Catalonian Escape holiday which includes visits to the wine producing regions of Penedes, Cava, Conca de Barbera, Costers del Segre and Priorat

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5 Night Package

The wine route includes visits to the wine producing regions of Penedès, Cava, Conca de Barberà, Costers del Segre and Priorat.

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Wine Country Discovery

Tour Code: MT-BCN-CAT-2
Duration: 5 Nights
Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday) - An introduction to Wine and Wine Tasting
This unique tour begins in the High Penedes wine producing region with light tuition on the ABC of wine tasting led by one of our wine expert team members. This will be followed by a hands-on BBQ picnic lunch in a setting overlooking spectacular hill and valley scenery with views of vines, orchards, pine and oak tree forests. Accommodation in a charming rural hotel located in a quiet church village. The evening will commence with a two hour hands-on Spanish cuisine class given by your chef and hosts. We will learn to prepare, cook and later eat three of Spain's most well - known dishes.

Day 2 (Monday) - Appellations of Penedes & Cava
This morning we will visit two contrasting wineries. The first is located in the Low Penedes close to the Mediterranean Sea and as well as having an excellent reputation for it's range of hand-crafted wines it also has fame for producing sweet (Cabernet Sauvignon) and sour (Chardonnay) cooking vinegars. It is also the only winery in Spain to make a wine using 100% Cabernet Franc. After completing our tasting notes we will proceed to the market town and capital of the Penedes region, Vilafranca and visit of one of the world's great innovative wineries - Torres. During our visit we will witness the old tradition of winemaking working hand in hand with the very latest technology. Lunch will in a nearby Catalonian farmhouse (Masia). Some 95% of Spain's answer to Champagne is produced in Catalonia under the Appellation of Cava. The industry is dominated by the two mass producers Freixenet and Codorniu whose acrimonious rivalry has at times acted as a brake on Cava's progress rather than a spur to greater quality. Today we will visit a small family run winery which still produces cava using technology and skills no longer used to make cava.

Day 3 - Appellation of Conca de Barbera
After breakfast we travel to the Appellation region of Conca de Barbera and visit the medieaval town of Montblanc. The ancient walls are astonishingly well preserved, enclose 75% of the town and look as though they have come from the film set of El Cid! We will have ample time to discover the squares, churches, museums and palaces. Josep, Julieta and Ricard - three generations of the Foraster family will later welcome us to their winery. Only 50,000 bottles of wine are produced at Mas Foraster so expect something very special during the wine tasting. Lunch in Montblanc. Next it's a short hop to Poblet and visit of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet - well known for the burial place of the Catalonian - Aragon Royal Dynasty. In 1989, Poblet Monastery decided to revive the Cistercian tradition of wine - making within its cenobium. The following year the grape vines were planted on 9 hectares of land within the walled enclosure of Poblet. Since 2000 wine-making has been done by the Abadia de Poblet winery (now part of the Codorniu group). We will have a tour of this small winery - emphasis on the cultivation and wine produced using the Pinot Noir red grape variety.

Day 4 - Appellation of Priorat
Today we will visit the Priorat region - an unusual combination of topography, soil and climate, a unique "terroir" and a one thousand year old wine making tradition initiated by the monks of the Saint Maria Carthusian Monastery (XII century) which during seven centuries gave fame and prestige to the Priorat wine. Our first winery visit will take us out to see breathtaking views of steep, slatey terraces home to over eighty year old Garnacha and Carinena vines. We will quickly appreciate why everything is done by hand!

Lunch will be followed by a short class on how to manoeuvre a segway. We will then visit the vineyards by segway or on foot if you prefer and return to the main winery for our winery visit and tasting. Overnight stay in a charming rural hotel nestled at the foot of the Montsant Mountains and surrounded by slate, vines, orchards and pine forests.

Day 5 - Appellation of Costers del Segre
While much of the grape harvest in this region is sold to the 3 mass producers of the Penedes, there are at least 2 excellent wine producers in each of the sub-regions. Our first wine tasting will be in the enchanting village of Vallfogona de Riucorb in the home of Jaume Bonet Minguella. Jaume has some 12 hectares of vineyard at some 400 metres above sea level ecologically cultivating mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and a little Cabernet Franc. Soil is clayey and chalky and the climate can be best described as generally dry. Jaume makes a very limited production of young wine with Cabernet Sauvignon and an aged wine (12-14 months in American oak barrels and a minimum of one year ageing in the bottle before it is sold) using the same variety. After lunch we can walk (1km) to our Hotel Spa accommodation. Afternoon relaxing in the hotel - a climatised dynamic pool, jacuzzi, and an outdoor swimming pool will be at our disposal. Also available are Vichy, ciclonica and Kneipp showers as well as shiatsu, mud baths, massages and drainages, beauty treatments and wine baths. Dinner in the Hotel.

Day 6 - Appellation of Costers del Segre & Barcelona
Transfer to the town of Verdu and Appellation region of Costers del Segre. The soil is poor and consists mostly of clay and sand - ideal for handmade ceramics and wine making. Verdu is a small town but has many interesting things to see and do. During our stay we will learn about the past and present of the ceramic industry and see how the experts make their works of art. After, time also to explore the XII Castle, the Santa Maria Church dating back to Roman times and Plaza Mayor. There is also a Toy Museum which is worth a visit. Just before lunch we will participate in a cheese, bread and wine matching class. After lunch transfer to Barcelona. Once in the Catalonian capital you can extend your stay with us and join us on our Barcelona week end city break programme.

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What's included:
* All transport in air conditioned vehicle
* 5 nights accommodation
* 5 Full breakfasts
* 4 lunches
* 1 BBQ/picnic welcome lunch
* 1 cheese and wine matching lunch
* 1 Spanish cooking class
* 5 dinners with wine
* Expert English speaking tour guide (other languages available include German, Dutch, Spanish and French)
* 8 Winery visits and tastings in famed cellars (3-5 of the winery's most representative wines will be tasted)
* Wine tasting course and wine tasting note sheets
* Wine tasting holiday handbook
* All entrance fees to cultural sites

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Catalonia Wine Bike 2

2 Night Package

Deserted back roads link the small villages of Southern Catalunya and provide a window into the unique world and way of life of historic wine country.

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Penedes Wine Country Weekend Bike Tour

Tour Code: MT-BCN-CAT-4
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Departures: On Request

You stay in comfortable casas rurales, some of them are snug, some are enormous, all are close to the land. Easy going cycling with plenty of breaks to absorb the atmosphere and perhaps a wine or two, with a variety of interesting options for lunch.

Alt Penedes, Barcelona's quiet back garden and our base for the last 11 years. Rolling roads and lanes through the vineyards and wineries of the most innovative wine region of Spain. Vilafranca del Penedes in the centre of the valley is a busy market town and hosts the largest farmers market in Catalunya. Vilafranca is also home to the Castellers Verds, The human tower champions of Catalunya.

The valleys of Penedes and La Conca de Barbera are crisscrossed by quiet lanes and ancient trade routes that have been by passed by modern roads. The landscape is rolling with very few obstacles. You will be traveling through one of the truly undiscovered parts of Spain with a wealth of nature, history and culture.

We use fully equipped Decathlon b-Twin tour bikes on well paved minor roads. New laws introduced in 2005 make helmets compulsory on public roads in Spain.

Itinerary

DAY 1:
Arrive in Penedes
- Pick up at Barcelona airport/hotel and transfer to Alt Penedes accommodation
- Leave the airports and cities behind. We recommend you spend your first evening getting to know your accommodation and surroundings.
- In the evening we will have a bike fitting and orientation session at el Moli bike centre, Torrelles de Foix

DAY 2:
Main attractions: Romanic/ Medieval castle and church Sant Marti Sarroca, the Castellers of Vilafranca (human towers), the wine museum of Vilafranca, small village fiesta majors.

The Wine & Cava routes of Alt Penedes 20/40km
- 09:00AM: Breakfast at accommodation
- Cycle from Torrelles de Foix to Sant Marti Sarroca
- Visit Romanic Church and castle of Sant Marti
- Visit Romagoza Torne, Cava (sparkling wine) producer
- Cycle from Sant Marti Sarroca to Guardiola de Font Rubi
- Lunch at Restaurant Cal Pau Xich
- Cycle to Pacs del Penedes
- Visit Loxarel winery, Cava and award winning wines
- There are about 4 other wineries in Pac del Penedes
- Cycle to Sant Marti, Torrelles and accommodation

DAY 3:
Mar i Montanya, Torrelles de Foix to Sitges 50 km
Main attractions: Romanesque church and castle Castellet i la Gornal, Vilanova beaches, Romantic Sitges, shopping, seafood restaurants.

This is a very pleasant cycle down and around the base of the Mermerlar mountains to Pares Balta, one of the most innovative quality wineries of Penedes. After your visit you will cross Penedes to the Foix nature park for lunch beside the lake of Castellet. Then cycle down to Vilanova for a dip in the Mediterranean, you will then have a 6 km ride to Sitges. Sitges, the romantic jewel in the crown of Barcelona is home to dozens of seafood restaurants and small hotels. The narrow streets of this former fishing village are filled with quality boutiques and interesting small bars and cafes.

- 09:00AM: Cycle Torrelles de Foix to Sant Marti Sarroca and Pacs del Penedes
- 11:00AM: Visit and taste at high quality family winery
- 12:00PM: Cycle to XI C Santa Esteve, Romanesque church and to lake of Castellet, views of castle and lake
- 01:30PM: Lunch at restaurant Cal Barretet, Castellet
- 03:00PM: Cycle to Vilanova i la Geltru beach, swim
- 05:00PM: Cycle to Sitges, seafood restaurants, boutiques, artistic town
- Transfer back to Barcelona Airport or city centre if you plan to continue your trip

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Price Includes:

Group Tour Package
- 2 Nights in quality rural accommodation
- Transportation in luxury vehicles were stated in itinerary (with back-up vehicles)
- Local specialist wine/bike guide
- (B) Breakfasts daily, except day of arrival
- (L) Lunches a la carte as specified per itinerary
- Refreshments
- Winery visits daily as specified per itinerary
- Wine-tastings as specified per itinerary
- Return transport to Barcelona.
- Bikes, helmets, equipment, and maps/info pack
- Local Taxes

Self-Guided Tour Package
- 2 Nights in quality rural accommodation
- Return transport to Barcelona.
- Bikes, helmets, equipment, and maps/info pack
- Local Taxes

Catalonia Wine Bike 2

1 Day Excursion

Discover the cultural heritage, food & wine, festivals, traditions, natural beauty spots, spas, rural villages & Barcelona on this Catalonian Escape holiday which includes visits to the wine producing regions of Penedès, Cava, Conca de Barberà, Costers del Segre and Priorat.

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A Day in the Penedes

Tour Code: MT-BCN-CAT-4
Duration: Full Day

Welcome to Penedes and the wine country rhythm of life. Hectares of lush vineyards and miles of quiet back lanes bordered by olive and almond trees. Penedes is the most innovative wine region of Spain. first for sparkling wines and classic varieties. Cava in all its styles is its most famous product but there are excellent white wines, bold roses and complex fruity reds. We like contrasts and look forward to introducing you to traditional and innovative Cavas and wines, small family wineries and bodegas.

- 09:00AM: Optional transfer Barcelona / Penedes
- 10:00AM: Collection Vilafranca del Penedes train station (You can take the train from Barcelona details will be provided in your voucher on how to get there)
- 10:30AM: Arrive at the Bike Centre, Torrelles de Foix, Cycle on country lanes from Torrelles de Foix to Sant Marti Sarroca,
- 11:30AM: Visit Castle and Romanic church of Sant Marti Sarroca, Views of Penedes and Montserrat
- 12:30PM: Visit small Cava sparkling wine producer
- 01:30PM: Traditional Catalan lunch
- 03:30PM: Cycle to Pacs del Penedes
- 04:30PM: Visit 2nd Winery, producing excellent white and red wines
- 06:00PM: Cycle / Transfer to Vilafranca del Penedes.
- 06:30PM: Tour concludes, Vilafranca del Penedes train station.
- Optional transfer Penedes / Barcelona (See extra cost)
- 07:30PM: Arrive back to Barcelona

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What's included:
* Transport from/to Vilafranca del Penedes Train Station (NOTE: Transfer can be arrange from Barcelona at an extra cost see prices)
- Guide
- Backup van
- Bicycle
- Cultural Visit
- Vineyard tours and tastings
- All refreshments
- Great restaurant lunch
- Local Taxes

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