Typical food to enjoy in a wine tour near Barcelona
Catalonia is a very innovative region. Ferran Adria, chef at the Buli. His culinary skills have created a whole revolution of Catalan but also Spanish cuisine. Innovation is to be seen everywhere in many tables, but not in all. There are many restaurants in Barcelona which offer adaptions of many dishes served at the Buli or the Celler de Can Roca (world´s best restaurant in 2013) but without the need to expect for a very high bill, nor the problems associated with weeks or months of reservations in advance.
These trendy restaurants are special, but they are not what Catalan cuisine is all about… there is also a traditional side to Catalan cuisine, one that is highly attached to the land and the products that have been grown in the fields for centuries. Many of these products are prepared in a very simple way, grilled with the dried branches of the vines (this is why this sort of dish is great to be enjoyed during a wine tour from Barcelona) . Butifarra is a very good example of what we mean. White butifarra is made with pork meat and despite it is fatty (you cannot expect it to be different) it is something anyone who likes meat should try while in Catalonia. Butifarra goes well with meat.
If you want something different you can try calçots… which are slender onions traditionally harvested in Tarragona, south of Barcelona. Calçots are normally eaten in winter. They are grilled and have a very peculiar taste… though sometimes they are overpriced for what they actually are. The problem with them is that too many people want to eat them at the same time as part of tradition… demand is eventually higher than offer. Result? High prices for onions.
Escalibada is a must for any vegetarian. These stewed vegetables are really tasty and they are served in many different ways and combinations. They make a great side dish, but they can also be a salad, served with goat cheese, etc.
Escalabida and butifarra would make a traditional lunch as traditional as you could get. Meat and vegetables that you would eventually only find like this in Catalonia. This sort of menu is to be found in most small villages in wine land near Barcelona. You would find these 2 dishes in many menus and they are normally served with local white or red wines. As for desserts, you could not get more traditional with your choice than by selecting Crema catalanea. This is a creamy custard covered with sugar (that is candied to make it hard and to ensure a different texture than the whole dish) This is the Catalan version of French Crème Brule. Some people claim they are different, some others that you would not make the difference between the 2… the best way to find out is to try yourself by enjoying a great local lunch with high quality catalan wines.
Located just one hour away from Barcelona, is the impressive national park of Montserrat and its impressive mountain which you will have the opportunity to explore on this full day tour. Afterwards, enjoy a homemade Catalan lunch and visit a beautiful winery estate. A fantastic tour through the winery and its vineyards with organic red wine tasting before heading back to Barcelona after a unique and unforgettable experience. Group sizes up to 16 people. Transportation by bus, may be shared with other groups
On this half-day tour, you will visit the magical Mountain of Montserrat, an iconic mountain near Barcelona, and experience its majestic beauty. You will then visit a beautiful, family owned winery estate for a guided tour with wine tastings and several tapas. Perfect for seeing the beautiful landscapes of the wine region near Barcelona and visiting a special winery. This is a guided bus tour. Small groups of up to 16 people per tour guide
This is a small group tour by bus from Barcelona, Spain. Enjoy a day of visiting 2 fantastic local wineries with cava, wine, tapas and cheese tastings. You will start your day travelling to the Penedés wine region, where you will visit a premium cava producer Finca Ca n´Estella. Here you will try 3 fantastic cava wines, before moving on to the area of Pla de Bages and visit a winery estate and castle to learn more about local wines and tapas
ONLY AVAILABLE IN MANDARIN FOR THE TIME BEING - MONTSERRAT AND WINE TOUR AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH. This is an 8-hour group bus tour in English from Barcelona, which will take you to 3 local wineries for wine tastings and tours of the wineries. This tour is a great way to get to know the wine region of Barcelona and visit 3 very different wineries to really appreciate Cataluña´s wine production history. This winery tour also includes light tapas at each winery. A great group bus tour and fantastic value for money. This is a cava tour which includes cava tasting and also tasting of still wine
Departing at 10:00 am (meeting at 9:45), a fantastic tour that starts with a visit to the magical mountain of Montserrat, an iconic mountain near Barcelona with an impressive monastery. You will take the cogwheel train to the location of the monastery and enjoy magnificent views. The second part of the tour is all about wine and traditional Catalan food. You will visit one of the most beautiful family owned winery estates in the area. Lunch is up to you. Choose the tapas option or a sit-down meal at the winery restaurant. Sure to be a memorable day