• Catalan food and wine day trip from Barcelona
• Sample homemade cheese, cured meats and locally grown fruits
• Guided tour of a winery
• traditional Catalan lunch at a 16th-century farmhouse restaurant
• Panoramas of the Catalan countryside and Montserrat
Barcelona – Santa Cecilia – Montserrat – Penedes – Barcelona
Discover the flavors and aromas of Catalan food and wine on this small-group day trip from Barcelona. Sample cheese and wine in a beautiful medieval farmhouse overlooking Montserrat; taste local delicacies like home-cured meats at a former Benedictine monastery; and sample different types of olive oil at a nearby farmhouse. We`ll have a traditional Catalan lunch at the adjoining restaurant, then treat you to a guided tour of a winery including a cava and wine tasting.
Relax on board our climate-controlled minivan and enjoy the scenery of the Catalan countryside. We`ll make a stop in a village to sample local cheese and wine, further enhanced with views of the north face of Montserrat.
Then we`ll head to Santa Cecilia, a former Benedictine monastery and paragon of early Catalan Romanesque architecture. Here we`ll learn about the history of the region – including how the monks influenced local farming and gastronomy – and sample locally-grown almonds, peaches, honey or home-cured meats, depending on the season.
Next we`ll drive around Montserrat to explore the south face, whose climate and topography are ideal for growing olives and grapes.
Our next stop is a 16th-century farmhouse, originally the property of the Monastery of Montserrat. We`ll tour the old olive mill and medieval water tanks, and learn about pressing techniques and the various kinds of olive oil. Then we`ll sit down for a traditional lunch made with produce grown on-site. Those joining the tour on Sunday will taste even more local flavor with a menu featuring local Catalan dishes.
After lunch we`ll drive to Penedes, a wine region known for its cava, or Catalan sparkling wine. We`ll tour the underground cellars and barreling room of a local winery and learn how cava is made, finishing off with a tasting of four different types of cava and wine.
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