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Catalunya. Tasting wines and landscapes

February 2012 | Места | Barcelona

Because of being a meeting point of passionate civilizations about the vine and its fruit and because of its privileged climate, Catalonia has been, and is deservedly still one of the most important wine regions of Europe.
  • Escaladei charming village
  • At harvest time, the Catalan countryside is busied and tinged with grape color
  • Segura Viudas underground wine cellars

Charming villages, wineries, “cathedrals of wine”, museums and festivals attest to this ancient passion that makes Catalonia a must-visit destination for devotees of wine tourism. Its 12 protected designations of origin all over the territory and 180 million bottles annually produced verify the sheer quality of Catalan wines.

From Costa Brava to Penedès, from Conca de Barbera to Alella, Terra Alta and Priorat, wines borned in this vineyards are all unique, different, but equally passionate. Among them, the most special: the cava. It is the sparkling wine we are most accustomed to drinking when making a toast on special occasions and represents the savoir faire of the land. With such letters of introduction it is not surprising that Catalonia has become an exceptional tourist destination for wine culture lovers. This wine culture not only beats in the landscape, but it also beats the palate.


Bouquet Hotel
At the foot of Sierra de Montserrat, the wine resort Can Bonastre (www.canbonastre.com) becomes a gourmet paradise. With 100 forest and vineyard hectares, this 12 room charming hotel occupies a 16th century farmhouse. The grapevine captivates the senses in this resort that has its own winery, where the wines are made to pair with the creations of Tribia restaurant. Wine Therapy Spa treatments such as Zen Wine Nara, a fusion of massage and a touch of red grapes, promises assured relaxation. Tastings and food and wine pairing workshops are the climax of a hedonistic stay.
 


 

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