Day trips from Barcelona
Day trips to discover the countryside behind Barcelona and find out the best of rural and peasant Catalan cuisine
Catalonia is a small country full of contrasts and its landscapes hiding a wide range of tastes and its recipes preserving many old traditions. Come and meet the cheese makers, the wine makers, the shepherds, the farmers and all those local producers that keep the flame of our rural cuisine alive. Leave Barcelona for some hours and travel to the roots of Catalan cuisine.
Rural cuisine has been built over years and years of food shortages when need and lack of resources defined our culinary creativity. A cuisine related to seasonality, to festivities, religion, ancient family customs and self-sufficiency farming. Today everything has changed but we still follow this path of traditional flavours to find out how life was made of.
Let us introduce you to our mushroom culture (including black truffle) and our farming way of life. Taste our cold meats and sausages and learn about pigs and pork culture, recovered shepherds’ cheeses, olive oils, wild fishes and, of course, our best wines: from those peasant wines which bring back to life any dull spirit to the most refined wines and cavas without forgetting those less known winemakers who recovered our native grapes to get and express the taste of our terroir.
Let’s have some wine: taste Catalonia from glass to glass
Uncork the bottle and find out about our native grapes, family run cellars making unique wines and winemakers that keep alive the best of our wine culture.
We are pretty sure you have enjoyed some glasses of an oaked tempranillo from Rioja or Ribera del Duero, and perhaps even got to try a decent but pricy grenache from Priorat. In a global market dominated by few wine regions and large producers, those who have enough resources to export, we still have the chance to surprise wine lovers and serious connoisseurs. Get ready for a trip into the unknown.
Sumoll, Mandó, Trepat, Grenache and Pansa Blanca are just some of the varieties of grapes being gathered in the region. From Terra Alta to Empordà, Pallars to the coast of Tarragona, there are many wines that we want you to taste. Because they are only made here. Because they are unique. They are good and we love them.
What to Expect
· Have you tasted or heard about wines made of Trepat, Sumoll, Morenillo, Malvasia or Samsó? Don’t worry, we’ll toaste with them soon.
· Exclusive and private visits where you will meet and talk to winemakers.
· The wines we taste are probably not the best in the world, but they are the trully reflection of our ancestral viticulture. Respect, Mr.Parker.
What NOT to Expect
· Buses and groups of people queuing for a standard and boring visit with an electric train. We avoid theme parks.
· Pushy salespeople. Nobody will try to sell you bottles and boxes of wine. We insisit: we don’t take any comissions from places we visit.
· Are you able to tell us the name of three Catalan wineries? Great, although we won’t visit any of them. We only call on those outsanding family-run wineries.