Our group decided to learn more about the place where some of the best wines and cava in the world come from – Catalonia and the small Andorra.
Upon arrival and a short panoramic tour of Barcelona, the first glass of wine on our eno touristic route awaited us. During the welcome dinner in a typical Catalan restaurant, we had already the opportunity to try white wine from two different vineyards of the region.
The next day we left Barcelona for the famous wine and cava-making area of Penedes. Soon we arrived at our first vineyard on the route, which is leaded by an enologist who had been working there for 20 years. The wine tasting consisted of as many as 6 wine arts, including one of the varieties even before the time of phylloxera. After lunch in a restaurant with specially selected wines for us, the time arrived for the class of recognizing types of Catalan cava - sparkling wine (with an indispensable cava tasting of course).
In the evening, we had a pleasant surprise – an overnight stay in a hotel in the shape of wine bottles. After dinner and a relaxing bath-wine therapy, we returned to our bottled rooms, as the next day seemed to be even more attractive than this before. After learning about the wine making process, we moved to the vineyards of western Catalonia known for its Priorat wine. Throughout the day we tried several different wines, grown on terraced slopes. Some of them are made from more than 100-year-old varieties. We visited the vineyard belonging to one of the most famous Catalan singers, Lluis Llach. The last visit of the day was the cellar of the monastery where we stayed for night – we were tasting wines created by its monks.
The next day we visited the amazing corners of the neighboring province famous for Costers del Segre wine. The eno touristic program was enriched with a visit to the olive mill, with tasty appetizers, which can be prepared from this "liquid gold". During our further trip through the small villages and the exotic Mediterranean landscapes, we stopped for some vineyards visits, where, accompanied by the owner and the enologist, we learned a lot about the white and red wines of this part of Catalonia. We finished the day with a dinner in a restaurant in the castle, already at the Pyrenees mountain to spend the night in the high-mountain Principality of Andorra.
The next day was even better than the previous one: 4x4 on the steep slopes of the vineyard and mountain wine tasting in three different Andorran vineyards, which due to their location on the slopes of the Pyrenees are considered the highest in Europe. If you love good wine, Andorra is the perfect destination. Among its high mountains, wines with different touch and grape varieties are created. Riesling, Pinot noir, Syrah, or Gewürztraminer, all this grapes varieties you will find in the Andorran wines, awarded with many international prizes.
As the route led us through the valleys stone villages, we have been learning a lot about the Andorran traditions and culture and in the evening, we had a relaxing session in the exclusive thermal water center Caldea.
The next day we returned to Catalonia to explore the eno touristic north-eastern part of Catalonia, close to the Mediterranean beaches, the Empordà region. We visited the wine cooperative, where the Catalan hosts told us how to produce sweet garnatxa wine.
Our hotel for tonight was a medieval castle, where we had a gourmet farewell dinner.
On the last day of our stay, we returned to Barcelona to make some last wine shopping in the best city wine shops.
Already at the plane we were enjoying the thought that the boxes of wine we had composed during our trip, will reach our homes in few days to remind us of the amazing Catalan and Andorran eno gastronomic adventure.