In Barcelona, wander the Gothic Quarter and feel the history of past centuries. Walk the Ramblas, perhaps Europe's most colourful and fascinating street. Visit the Sagrada Familia and the other masterworks of visionary architect, Antonio Gaudi. Take in the Picasso and Miro museums and revel in the surrealistic art of Dali.
We will visit the historic bodega of Codorniu, recently designated a national monument in light of its superior art nouveau architecture. Bodegas Torres, world-renowned for their range of award winning wines will greet us as will the stunning artisan bodega of Cavas Rovellats.
The cutting edge of Catalan wine making will be represented by the state-of-the-art bodegas of Albet i Noya and Can Rafols del Caus whose fine wine reflect an intensity and fullness sought by the cognocenti. We will dine in the bodegas, steeped in history, enjoying the ultimate expression of Catalan cuisine course by course!
Day 1: Guests arrive independently at our hotel ‘Los Condes de Barcelona’ on Paseo Gracia.
5:30 pm – We meet in the lobby of our hotel, for a welcome Cava prior to our visit to the Consejo Regulador where we will have a private seminar and tasting to introduce us to the vinous history of the region. Afterwards…we will stroll into the Gothic quarter for tapas and vino.
Day 2: 10:00 am – This morning we have a guided walking tour of the historic Gothic quarter and the remarkable Modernist section of Barcelona.
From lunch on you will have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight we visit Cavas Rovellats, a 15th Century jewel for a tour and tasting followed by dinner in the winery…Catalan cuisine at its best!
Day 3: 9:30 am – We depart for a tour and tasting at Masia Bach, an elegant mansion and winery built by two brothers in 1921.
We then continue onto Cordorniu, the sparkling wine (Cava) giant. This winery is an architectural masterpiece! Following a tour and tasting we will dine in their restored cellar. We return to the hotel at approximately 5 pm. The evening is yours to spend as you wish.
Day 4: 9:30 am – Today we visit the renowned house of Torres for a Tour and monumental tasting that includes some gems from their private cellars.
Following the tasting lunch will be served in the restored country estate - an exclusive experience crafted only for us. We return to the hotel at approximately 5 p.m. The evening is yours to spend as you wish.
Day 5: 9:30 am – We depart for the Pablo Picasso Gallery where we experience the work of one of the world’s greatest artists.
Following lunch, we visit the Joan Miro Gallery, where we witness the art of one of Spain’s most colourful and highly regarded artists. We then return to our hotel.
5:30 pm - Tonight we visit Can Rafols dels Caus founded in 1980, it is a lovely old country estate. Their wines, with a focus upon the French grape varieties, are rich and full-bodied in New World style. Following a tour and tasting, we dine a short distance away in the Michelin starred restaurant “Ca Ana”, one of Catalonia’s most respected restaurants.
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Day 6: 11:30 am – After a leisurely morning, we depart for Figueras, (approximately two hours away), for a visit to the Dali Museum, surrealism at its most fascinating.
We then proceed to Perelada Castle. The Castle itself is spectacular. The adjoining 14th Century cloisters with mini cathedral is a tranquil oasis. Perelada’s glass museum is one of Spain’s finest as is the amazing library. Here we will take part in a tour and a structured tasting. Dine in the castle.
Day 7: Today is yours to enjoy at leisure!
5:30 p.m. - Tonight we visit Albet I Noya, a winery representing the cutting edge of Catalan winemaking. Spanish and French grape varieties are largely organically grown with exemplary results. The wines are superb!
Following our tour and tasting we dine in the celebrated restaurant “Cal Ton”, famous for its artistic combination of traditional and new wave Catalan cuisine. A sumptuous and stylish event for our grand finale evening!
Day 8: After breakfast we bid a fond farewell to one another. Guests to make independent departure arrangements.
Prices are in US Funds. All Wines for this Spanish cultural emersion are included in the price of this remarkable tour.
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