The vineyards on the banks of the Priorat and Montsant mountains, the plains of the Camp de Tarragona and the Penedès, and the most wavy landscapes of the Conca de Barberà become a puzzle of varieties that, once worked with the inheritance of a Millennium wisdom, give unique results internationally recognized. If you want to know the DNA of the culture of wine in these lands, as well as enter in its majestic and full of light Modernist wineries, which Àngel Guimerà baptized as Cathedrals of Wine, we suggest you discover, little by little , the numerous and varied wine tourism offer that speaks to you about wine.
The Costa Daurada and the Terres de l'Ebre, with seven wine designations of origin, and part of its territories included in the Cava designation of origin, have a remarkable variety of landscapes of vineyards.
Conca de Barberà has turned the Trepat, its autochthonous variety, into the fabric of this denomination, which has a rich architectural heritage, in which the own modernist wineries and the monastery of Poblet stand out, which was fundamental In the expansion of the cultivation of vines in the Middle Ages and which, nowadays, is a World Heritage Site. In Poblet it is still being sold today, just as it is still the oldest agricultural cooperative in the peninsula, Barberà de la Conca, founded in the late nineteenth century.
Montsant has become a record time in an international benchmark. Their wines fall in love with specialized critics and consumers. Despite its youth, it has an ancient wine-growing legacy, which maintains lively cellars and centennial cooperatives, which are architectural jewels of agricultural modernism. Spiritually legendary, the Montsant mountain range ("holy mountain") rises majestically north of this wine-growing area and gives its name to this great wine land.
In this land of picassian landscapes, Mediterranean interior, the Templar monks already cultivated the vineyard in the 13th century. Their conditions have always been optimal, especially for the white Grenache, the star of a palette of varieties that provide wines of recognized quality. In recent years, with a clear commitment to tradition and innovation, a constellation of producers has once again placed the DO on the international map. At the same time, it has an authentic wine tourism offer, in which some of the most spectacular cathedrals of wine are lacking.
The legacy of the cultivation of the vineyard in this area takes us to the time that Tarragona was one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire, and its wine was one of the most appreciated in the Mediterranean. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tarragona is an excellent starting point to know the wine culture of a DO that, from the Mediterranean, goes into the rural interior, towards the lands of the 'Ebre, and where the producers try to harmonize the wine-growing tradition, the innovation and the authenticity of the wines.
Phoenicians and Romans introduced the cultivation of vines in Catalonia and, since then, wine is part of our daily life, our diet, our culture and our moments of celebration. The DO Catalunya, created in 1999, is the heir to this long tradition. Currently, this DO brings together the vast majority of Catalan wine producing municipalities, with 35 varieties of authorized grapes. Each bottle contains the country as a whole. And this is not rhetoric, but the philosophy of an OD that aims to offer wine growers a more flexible and more coupled frame in the creation of their wines.
Cava was born due to the radical transformation of the vineyard following the invasion of phylloxera. During the 19th century, several families of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia began research linked to the new production technique (now known as a "traditional method" or "champenoise") and apply it to crops in the area. In this way Cava was born, with an identity that is its own and different from any other sparkling quality wine. On the Costa Daurada there are several wineries that make it and open their doors to the visitor.
We encourage you to visit them!
We find Modernist wineries in various regions of the Costa Daurada and Terres de l'Ebre. All different, all unique and interesting. All close Together, they form a mosaic worthy of knowing, by stages or on a single route. Dare to discover what they can offer you! You choose!
Their people say that Priorat is a land to discover without haste. And they are not wrong. The importance of small great things. The ideal place to stop during the race against the clock. We recommend you enjoy a quiet road trip, driving along its winding roads surrounded by vineyards and dry stone walls, with no apparent course. FFOr by bicycle, through an experience that perfectly balances the concepts of pleasure and effort. Dare to discover everything they explain and teach the guides and you often think that it can not be real.
Friendly, family friendly, quiet but, at the same time, intrepid mountains, a meeting point for hikers. Charming monasteries and villages where you have the feeling of being far from the hand of man. The Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, Montblanc or the coves of l'Espluga de Francolí, an unknown world of rocks and underground rooms that will surely seduce the youngest. As you see, the ideal territory to reunite with oneself, connecting mind, nature and spaces that breathe spirituality.
Terra Alta, in sight of a bird, is an immense sea of vineyards and olive trees. A landscape that is the greatest expression of the Mediterranean culture inherited from the Arab and Roman ancestors. FFThe land that fascinated Pablo Picasso. An emerging destination for wine tourism enthusiasts and those who want to recover the historical memory of the Battle of the Ebro, through vestiges and testimonies of this historical episode.
Origin and point of confluence of two of the most recognized Catalan traditions: castellers and calçots. Land that preserves the charm of rural Catalonia, with small and authentic villages, wineries and modernist cooperatives and a cozy capital, Valls. There are also unique and beautiful natural surroundings, such as the Prades and Gaià mountains. Alt Camp, therefore, becomes the perfect place to dive and understand the foundations, traditions and symbols of Catalan culture. Breathe roots!