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Cooking School in Spain

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Key Information:
Class Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination: Spain  
Category: Cooking schools
Specialty: Spanish  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 35
Course Level: Beginner
Min Price: 1250 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 2600 Euro (EUR) per person

Join us in Spain for a wonderful culinary vacation where you will learn how to cook delicious Catalan dishes with daily hands-on classes in our relaxed yet luxurious private hotel in the small village of El Masroig.

Our school is located in the small village of El Masroig, in the Priorat region of Spain, only 80 miles from Barcelona. We offer 3 and 6-day sessions of hands-on Catalan cooking, visits to some of the best wineries with wine tastings, a professional olive oil tasting session and the discovery of this beautiful and unspoilt region so reminiscent of Tuscany.

To keep our quality high, we only cater to a maximum of 6 guests. Our private boutique hotel cooking school has 3 luxurious double bedrooms with private bathrooms, high speed internet, temperature controlled wine cellar, wine tasting room, guest room, al fresco dining garden, 2 fire places, and is fully climate controlled year round. Our prices include absolutely everything except the airfare.

Catalan cuisine is a form of cooking that still closely reflects its medieval origins. Occupied for nearly seven hundred years by the Romans, followed by several centuries of the Visigoths, and then four hundred years by the Moors, the influences were certainly varied.

We will take you on a wine tour of some of the Priorat's best wineries where the wine tastings and the one-on-one wine presentations and winery visits will allow you to discover what makes the Priorat wines so fabulous and reknown.

Here, we put a great emphasis on allowing our guests to discover the great wines of the Priorat region. We do this by making multiple visits to some of the areas best wineries where the owners or the enologist take us around to visit the vineyards, show us the details of their winery and how they make their wines, and provide us with a complete wine tasting.

These presentations are very one-on-one and are done with great enthusiasm by all of the wineries. They are extremely informative as to the whole process of wine making, and one comes away with an excellent knowledge of how the wines of this region are made and the philosophy behind.

Let us show you the beauty of this unspoilt and yet-to-be discovered region of Spain.

Our culinary vacation programs:

- 3 Day gourmet food & wine vacation:

This culinary vacation program is for those guests who do not have the available time for a 6 day program. With three hands-on classes of approximately three hours each and two restaurant meals, it is a perfect introduction to the basics of Catalan cuisine. Two visits to local Priorat wine producers and vineyards, along with wine tastings will allow you to discover and appreciate the fantastic DOC Priorat and DO Montsant wines.

An official olive oil tasting presentation will let you discover the incredible DO Siurana olive oils. A trip to the Scala Dei monastery will enable you to learn of the areas history as well as indulge in the landscapes of this beautiful and unspoilt region.

Day 1:
- Pick-up in Barcelona;
- Arrival C'an Miquelet del Mano. Time to settle in rooms;
- Welcome apéritif (this is actually almost a meal!);
- Visit to either the Capçanes winery or the Coperativa de El Masroig winery;
- Cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 2:
- Breakfast;
- Visit to the Costers del Siurana winery (producers of Clos de l'Obac) in Gratallops;
- Lunch at the Cellers de Gratallops restaurant;
- Free time;
- Private olive oil tasting presentation;
- Cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 3:
- Breakfast;
- Visit to the Scala Dei monastery;
- Visit to the La Conreria de Scala Dei winery;
- Lunch at the El Cairat restaurant in Falset;
- Cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 4:
- Breakfast followed by drop-off in Barcelona.

All winery visits are quite extensive and include full tour of the premises, complete explanations of how their wines are made, wine tasting, and other. The above programs are subject to possible changes, but will always have the same quality and content.

- 6 Day gourmet food & wine vacation:

This culinary vacation program will really allow you to discover first hand why Catalonia and its food have become so popular. With five hands-on classes of approximately three hours each and four restaurant meals, a very good knowledge of Catalan cuisine is attained. Four visits to local Priorat wine producers and vineyards, along with wine tastings will allow you to discover and appreciate the fantastic DOC Priorat and DO Montsant wines.

An official olive oil tasting presentation will let you discover the incredible DO Siurana olive oils. A trip to the lead mines of Bellmunt , the Scala Dei monastery, and the Gaudi architecture in Reus will enable you to learn of the areas history as well as indulge in the landscapes of this beautiful and unspoilt region.

Day 1:
- Pick-up in Barcelona;
- Arrival C'an Miquelet del Mano. Time to settle in rooms;
- Welcome apéritif (this is actually almost a meal!);
- Visit to the Capçanes winery;
- Cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 2:
- Breakfast;
- Visit to Cooperativa de El masroig winery and vineyards;
- Lunch at El cairat restaurant in Falset;
- Free time;
- Cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 3:
- Breakfast;
- Visit to the Costers del Siurana winery (producers of Clos de l'Obac) in Gratallops;
- Lunch at the Cellers de Gratallops restaurant;
- Free time;
- Private olive oil tasting presentation;
- Cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 4:
- Breakfast;
- Visit to the Scala Dei monastery;
- Visit to the Conreria de Scala Dei winery;
- Lunch at C'an Miquelet del Mano;
- Free time;
- Wine presentation in our wine cellar by the Conreria de Scala Dei enologist;
- Dinner (no class).

Day 5:
- Breakfast;
- Visit to Reus where we do the "Gaudi" route. Time for some shopping;
- Tapas lunch in Reus;
- Free time;
- Cooking class followed by dinner.

Day 6:
- Breakfast;
- Visit to the lead mines of Bellmunt;
- Visit to the Mas d'En Gil winery in Bellmunt;
- Lunch at the Aspic restaurant in Falset;
- Free time;
- Cooking class followed by dinner;

Day 7:
- Breakfast followed by drop-off in Barcelona.

Included in these programs is:
- transport to and from Barcelona in our own mini-bus
- accommodation at our private boutique hotel/cooking school "Can Miquelet del Mano"
- all classes with necessary materials
- all meals for which we use only the best and freshest ingredients,
- all restaurant meals
- all high quality Priorat wines
- all drinks
- all excursions and tips
- a complimentary apron
- our recipe book
- diploma and gift.

Basically, there are absolutely no extra costs during your stay with us, except for gifts you may want to purchase.

All winery visits are very extensive and include full tastings as well as facility tour and very personalized attention by winery owner or enologist.

The olive oil presentation is given by a technician from the Priorat Olive Oil Consortium and is conducted in the same way as the tastings done by the IOOC (International Olive Oil Council).

Faculty Information:
Alicia Juanpere gives the Catalan cuisine classes, drives the guests to all of the winery visits and excursions, picks them up and drops them off in Barcelona, and caters to their every need.

The olive oil tasting session is given by a technician from the Associacio d’Oleocultors del Priorat.

Other Activities:
Cultural trips include any of the following visits:
- Scala Dei Monastery from the 12th century;
- The lead mines of Bellmunt;
- The modernist Gaudi route in Reus;
- Ceramics store and artisans in Miravet;
- A presentation on the making of cured meats.

Facility Information:
Our school has a large dining/kitchen. The wine cellar is temperature controlled.

The 3 double bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms which have double sinks, warm towel racks, hair dryers, and iroko floors. Our minibus used for pick-up, drop-off and excursions is extremely comfortable and fully climate controlled for all passengers.

Notes:
* 3 - day double: 1250 €/pers, single: 1500 €.
* 6 - day double: 2200 €/pers, single: 2600 €.

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M05032 provides its guests with an all inclusive gourmet food&wine experience in the comfort of their private boutique cooking school hotel. Located in the small village of El Masroig, in the Priorat region only 80 miles from Barcelona, M05032 offers 3-day and 6-day sessions year round. Each session includes...

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