Wine, Tapas & Cava | Private Tour

Wine, Tapas & Cava | Private Tour


An intimate and exclusive private tour for those who want to explore the off the beaten track Catalan wine country that lies a stone’s throw from Barcelona, in the surroundings of the mystical mountain of Montserrat. You will visit two family-owned boutique wineries, each placed in a different wine-making region with a distinct tradition and wine culture: DO Penedès and DO Pla de Bages. Do this by the hand of your local tour guides and the exclusive means of transportation we will provide you and your party with. Let your senses be carried away by all the flavors and unbeatable views awaiting!


 

Tour description

If not arranged in a different way, we will first take you to the lovely Finca Ca n’Estella, less than an hour away from Barcelona city center. By the time you get there, you will be surprised by the change in the landscape as the wine country expands in front of their traditional Catalan masia (country house), dating back to the 19th century, at the gates of the internationally recognized DO Penedès. Ca n’Estella winery keeps lots of secrets that will be unveiled to you as you and your tour guide explore the premises while learning about the Spanish Civil War and the history of the family that runs the cellar. Naturally, all of it will be accompanied by a selection of the best four cavas the winery produces, labeled as “Rabetllat i Vidal”, two very remarkable last names in their lineage. Thanks to these cavas and to their still wines, labeled as Clot dels Oms, the winery holds now more than 130 national and international awards, including some of the most prestigious worldwide. If you choose the Half-Day Tapas Option, Ca n’Estella will also offer a selection of tasty traditional Catalan and Spanish tapas to match with your delicious cava, while you learn about the world-famous Catalan sparkling wine.

Afterwards your guide will drive you through the countryside that surrounds Barcelona, crossing the spectacular Montserrat massif, to dive into a different wine making region, that lies north to the mountain. A slightly different climate in this territory allows for different soils, weather and wine culture, that translates into different traditions and flavors. Welcome to the DO Pla de Bages!

In the heart of this area lies a small winery that has played a key role in revitalizing the region, blessed with a breathtaking landscape. From the winery, the whole north face of the Montserrat massif presides the horizon, a scenario only covered by vines and sprinkled by pine tree Mediterranean forests. You are in Oller del Mas winery, in the grounds of a fortified Catalan masia, which history goes as back as the 10th century. A medieval castle!

Enjoy at this point a full meal with plenty of traditional recipes and tasty wine at the winery’s restaurant if you choose the full-day tour option. Whatever option you pick, here you will be able to dive as deep as you want into Catalan history as you sample another selection of four premium wines amongst which we find some of the best wines of Catalonia. A platter of different cheeses made by the local farmers in the area will fit perfectly this gourmet tasting.

You will just find it impossible to stop dreaming about everything you saw, learnt and tasted today on your comfortable way back to Barcelona.


How to tailor this tour

Tapas meal or full lunch? If you wish to include a full meal in your tour select the full day with lunch option when booking and we will arrange it instead of the half day with tapas option.

Want to add a visit to Montserrat or Sitges in your tour? Both wineries are around Montserrat massif. Upgrade this experience to an unforgettable full day tour by visiting the monastery as well by choosing the Full day tour with lunch & Montserrat when booking the tour. If you wish to visit the inspiring fishing town of Sitges, check our DO Penedès, Cava and Sitges Tour!

Do you have a personal approach to this tour? This is your private experience, so it’s all up to you! Do you want to visit any particular place we didn’t include in the description? Share your thoughts with us, and our expert team will work with you to design your perfect experience.


Inclusions

  • Private transportation from/to Barcelona in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up and drop-off service at your hotel or at a site of your convenience
  • Thorough accompaniment of a professional and English-speaking trained guide
  • Entrance fee and guided visit throughout Finca Ca N’Estella
  • Entrance fee and guided visit to Oller del Mas Cellar
  • Sampling of up to 4 premium cavas
  • Sampling of up to 4 red and white ecological and organic wines
  • Selection of artisanal snacks and cheese during the cava and wine tastings
  • Premium tasting of tapas (if option selected)
  • Stop at a traditional restaurant for a full meal including wine (if option selected)
  • Guided visit to Montserrat (if option selected)

Exclusions

  • Tips and gratuities


Highlights

  • Learn about Catalan cava culture, at its core, by living and tasting it.
  • Visit two highly awarded small-production-focused boutique wineries.
  • Discover the Barcelona region surrounding the heart of Catalonia, Montserrat.
  • Taste up to 8 top-end cavas and wines with international awards and ecological certifications.
  • Delectate your palate with traditional tapas or a full meal, depending on the option picked.
  • Do it all by yourself, with the only company of your guide and the gorgeous landscape.

Useful information

  • Approximate duration: 6.5 h (half-day tour with tapas) / 8.5 h (full-day tour with lunch) / 10 h (full-day tour with lunch and Montserrat)
  • You choose the pick-up time and location. If you ask us, we will advise what we think is the best time of the day to start considering the season and other aspects.
  • The price shown for this private tour is for a group of 1 to 6 people. Please contact us if your party exceeds this size and we will come up with an arrangement.
  • If you wish to tailor your tour in any way, please contact us via our contact form, write us an e-mail to info@castlexperience.com, or call any of our office numbers (+34 933 100 509 / US +1 347 560 5796).
  • Languages: English and Spanish. Other languages, such as Portuguese, French, Italian and German may be available upon request and may incur an extra cost. Please contact us before booking.
  • We cater for any dietary allergies or restrictions.
  • If you have reduced mobility, please let us know before booking. We do our best to welcome everyone on board!
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved.
  • Flexible cancellation policy - check it out by following this link.

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