Tapas & Priorat wine in Catalonia Culinary tour to the hazelnut mountains in Priorat and Baix Camp, south of Barcelona

With our starting point in the fruits of the landscape, we explore food traditions and typical Catalan recipes together with our local guide and experienced chef. Through excursions in the area we receive an incredible mix of history, culture and culinary impressions.
We learn about quality of olive oil and wine and recipes with local products of the season.
Small classes with 4-15 participants depending on your wishes. The tour lasts 4 days, starting with arrival and welcome in the airport by our local guide. Hereafter our host will receive us with a dinner buffet after getting comfortable in our Catalan masia, while our guide gives us an introduction to the area. Following 3 whole days with excursions, wine and olive oil tastings, cultural visits in the mornings and 3 food workshops in the afternoon, with base in a cosy atmosphere.
A perfect base surrounded by nature, where you can relax, and enjoy the facilities with a heated jacuzzi under the stars, while contemplating the views of the sea and the lake. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Priorat wine area.
Our base in the catalan masia "Casa Vella del Panta"

Day 2: Priorat, the wine, the history and the landscapes.

After breakfast we drive with our chauffer and guide to Siurana, a fantastic little village with the most impressive view. We listen to the legend of the Moorish Queen, and after that we go to Cornudella de Montsant, where we taste different wines from Montsant.

Siurana has the most impressive view

After the winetasting we depart for Scala Dei. The monastery in Scala Dei is surrounded by vineyards and in a stunning landscape, here we have to visit the ruins of one of the most important Carthusian monasteries in Spain.

Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei

From Scala Dei we drive to Porrera. This little village is known for its authenticity. It is located in the eastern part of the Priorat and its economy is based on viticulture. Here we visit a vineyard and hear the story from a winegrower about the process from harvest to the table and we taste some fine wines from the popular Priorat area.

Lunch break, where we recommend nice restaurants. The bus is picking us up at 16.00, where we leave to go back to our masia.

Here our chef is ready to indulge us with the course of the day: Wines of the land, knowlegde of areas, its wines and their characteristics. Wine recipes and wine menus.  We go through and create 4-5 delicious courses, which are enjoyed in the courtyard afterwards with the paired wines.

Mariona Quadrada with a selection of courses

Day 3: Reus, the modernistic architecture and the vermouth

After breakfast we drive with our chauffeur and guide to the historic and modernistic city Reus. With starting point at Plaça de les Oques, the guide will lead us through the street Sant Joan to the city center, where we will admire the facades of the most important modernistic houses. We will also pass the central market. We visit the commercial streets, and pay a visit to the Gaudi Center/Casa Navas. We pass "Forn Sistare", the best baker in town, and see how Joan is making his bread, and some specialities.

Casa Navas, Plaça Mercadal

After this we visit the old vermouth factory, Rofes, where we can taste their white and black vermouth, with small snacks, this is the typical Spanish "aperitivo".

Time on your own for shopping and lunch: 12.00 – 16.00 Departure at 16.00 from Plaça de les Oques.

Gaudi Center, Plaça Mercadal

Back at Casa Vella del Panta, the day's culinary course: a tapas workshop, where you have to prepare dinner. Mariona Quadrada will go through the recipes of 8-10 delicious tapas, and you create them step by step with her guidance. Afterwards you have only to enjoy the creations in the outside courtyard with a glass or two of the fine local wines.

Tapas workshop with Mariona Quadrada

Day 4: From earth to plate

This day we will spend at the vegetable garden of the coast, we visit Bioiris, an organic vegetable garden in Riudecanyes, where we see the vegetables of the season, and hear about the process of growing organic directly from the farmer Josep Ramon.

Different varieties of cabbage in long rows, all organic

Hereafter we visit the close by impressive monastery of Escornalbou from the 12th century. The building surpassed several owners and uses, and in the end it was abandoned for some decades. Later, in the beginning of the 20th century it was bought and restored by the diplomat Eduard Toda as his private castle. With a privileged location on the top of the mountain Escornalbou with view of all the coast and the area.

Castle - Monastery Escornalbou

Hereafter we go to the museum of the fruits of the landscape in Riudecanyes. Here we learn about the olive oil, the special variety of this region, its qualities and characteristics, and we taste several types of olive oil to appreciate the differences. Afterwards lunch buffet with local specialties served at our masia.

The small arbequina olives from the area gives the olive oil a special mild and nutty taste.

The day's course will be the traditional Calçotada feast with the legendary sauce "romesco" in season from December to April / and a Mediterranean kitchen course with special emphasis on vegetables and the good olive oil the rest of the year. To end with the speciality "Menjar Blanc", the traditional aromatic creme dessert from Reus.

Calçots are prepared over the flames
Photo picks from gourmet events in CvP and the area
Price per person for groups of 8-15 people: 695 Euros (Promotion 649 Euros from Monday to Friday (Feb. Mar. and Apr. 2017) *subject to availability
What's included in the price:
  • 4 nights stay in a cosy, family-owned, newly renovated Catalan masia with outdoor heated jacuzzi.
  • Local English - speaking guide specialized in gastronomy and culture, who picks you up in the airport and accompanies you on the excursions on all the routes.
  • Private minibus with chauffeur who picks you up in the airport and drives you to all the excursions of the program.
  • Delicious breakfast menu with local delicatessen from the area 4 days.
  • 4 dinners (3 of them created under your food course) accompanied by the fine wines of the area.
  • 1 day's lunch as buffet in our masia.
  • 3 private food workshops, including a dossier with recipes in English.
  • Culinary and cultural visits, as described in the program (tastings, entry fees, gourmet gifts).
"Casa Vella del Panta" is a stepping stone to a small boutique hotel, 8 spacious rooms with french balconies, ensuite bathrooms and view. Big courtyard, with outdoor kitchen. Natural surroundings with 4ha, with private access to the lake, where you can get a morning swim. In the eucalyptus tree we have placed a hammock. Capacity 15-22 people.
In collaboration with: www.CasaArgentera.com www.CasaVelladelPanta.com www.MarionaQuadrada.com www.ElBrogit.com www.Bioiris.es

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