10 best wine tours & tastings in Priorat 2023
Best Wine Tasting & Tours in Priorat
There are endless possibilities for customizable wine tastings and tours in Priorat; we are here to help you choose! At WineTourism.com, we provide a window into the wineries and vineyards of local producers in Priorat.
Several alluring wine tasting experiences are available throughout the wine region for you to discover. Our map of wine tastings and tours in Priorat will help to guide you to the exact location of each wine experience. We hope you will get a glimpse into the beautiful world of wine, and experience Priorat wine tours and tastings.
Room Stay at Buil and Giné
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€183.00 – €229.00
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Wine tasting and tour at Ametller
Enjoy a day among the vine rows, paired with a memorable Wine Tasting & Tour experience at Ametller
Basic Wine tasting and tour at Ametller
Enjoy a day among the vine rows, paired with a memorable Wine Tasting & Tour experience at Ametller
Wine tasting and tour at Celler Crivellé i Valls
Taste the delicious Priorat and learn how they are produced at Celler Crivellé i Valls Wine Tasting & Tour
Premium Marco Abella Visit
An Exclusive Experience to the Highest Vineyard of Priorat on a Wine Tasting and Tour of Marco Abella
Wine Tasting and Tour at Perinet
Classic Wine Tasting Paired with a Breakfast, Picnic, and Winery Tours
Wine tasting and tour at Sangenís I Vaqué
An Exceptional Glass of Wine at Sangenis Vaque Wine Cellars
Wine Tasting and Tour at Cellars Capafons Osso S.L
Breathtaking Wine Cellar Tours, Wine Tasting Activities, and the Winery Events
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Map Of Priorat’s Wine Tastings and Tours
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wine Tastings and Tours in Priorat
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about wine tastings and tours in Priorat
The nearest airport to reach wine tastings and tours in Priorat is Reus Airport (REU). Another two possibilities are to land in Barcelona’s main airport, El Prat (BCN) or to Barcelona Girona Airport (GRO).
Most of the wineries are located near towns like Falset, Porrera, Gratallops and Poboleda. Check out our list of wine tastings and tours in Priorat for more detailed addresses.
There’s never a bad time to experience wine tastings and tours in Priorat. Thanks to the wonderful Mediterranean climate you can enjoy most of what this incredible region has to offer all year round.
However, spring might be the perfect time to go to wine tastings and tours in Priorat. The season is mildly warm and cities are way less crowded compared to summer. In the countryside, where the majority of wine tastings and tours in Priorat are, the fields and hills come alive with blossoms and wild flowers.
In summer, the days are longer and the nightlife really does last all night, and you can dine out on charming tasting areas, or by the sea, enjoying a glass of wine in the breeze coming off the waves.
At wine tastings and tours in Priorat you will discover that the best wines from this region are distinguished by their rich color, rich texture, fresh taste with mineral notes. They say about these wines – “wine to wake up, not to drink while sitting on the couch”.
Ecologists find up to 50 nuances in Priorat wine bouquets: plums, black cherries, dried fruits, black and red currants, wet stone, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, mint, licorice, anise, etc.
Experience incredible wine tastings and tours in Priorat and get the possibility to have a walk among scenic vineyards. All wineries offer the guided cellar and ageing room tours. Enrich your knowledge about the local winemaking techniques.
Browse the wine tastings and tours in Priorat offered by our partner wineries.
In between wine tastings and tours in Priorat, we advise you to take a trip through time by visiting historical, cultural and natural heritages in Gratallops.
If you prefer to do activities in nature, immerse yourself into scenic view in Montsant Natural Park. Explore cave La Taverna where some one of the oldest cave paintings in Catalonia is located.
These are our top 3 picks if you are going for wine tastings and tours in Priorat with a group:
- Clos Figueras – up to 25 people
- Clos93 – up to 45 people
- Bodegas Grifoll Declara – up to 50 people
Visit section Wine Tastings & Tours in Catalonia if you want to explore wineries in close by sub-regions as well.
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BY ANNA FIGUERAS (historian and owner of the hotel Cal Compte in Torroja del Priorat)
The Priorat region has been associated with the concept of wine for centuries. The sum of ideal soil, climate, landscape and the toil of men and women who have been engaged in wine making following the techniques of a millennial tradition with the help, today, of technology adapted to the demands of quality has yielded a unique, exclusive product: the wine of the Priorat.
The first people who recognized and exploited the qualities of the land for vine cultivation and wine production were the Carthusian monks from Provence, who at the invitation of the king Alfons “The Chaste”, settled in the foothills of the Montsant range in 1194. The Carthusians almost certainly chose that place by virtue of the fact that it offered the ideal conditions to meet the Order’s requirements of solitude, contemplation and seclusion, while the presence of water guaranteed their subsistence. Even so, in places charged with symbolic value tradition creates its own version of events and history becomes legend…
During the Middle Ages, wine became an essential part of the staple diet and an indispensable element in Christian rites. Consequently, the knowledge of vine cultivation and wine-making was greatly improved and reached its zenith in the lands occupied by religious orders.
As the years went by, the Carthusian monastery of Scala Dei grew and became consolidated as a feudal estate and farms were built on strategic sites that would constitute the nuclei of the present-day villages of Gratallops, Poboleda, La Morera, Porrera, Torroja del Priorat and La Vilella Alta. The Priory lands also gave name to the modern day county of Priorat.
The Eightieth Century saw a further expansion of vineyards in the Priorat. The outcome of the international demand for wine and brandy caused that the Priorat began to specialise in vine cultivation. Brandy was a solid exchange asset since, unlike wine, it was a stable product which did not spoil and was the most popular strong drink among sailors as they made their long ocean crossings.
By the Nineteenth Century grapes were Catalonia’s main crop and in the Priorat vineyards continued to encroach on woodland and wasteland. The abolition of religious communities by the liberal regimes led to the end of the Priorat as a feudal district and the destruction of the monastery of Scala Dei which in turn gave rise to private enterprise and consequently, the “Golden Age” for the wine industry.
The end of the Nineteenth Century also spelt the end of prosperity of The Priorat; the recession in the wine-producing sector with a drastic drop in prices, a drastic drop in exports, loss of colonial markets and last but not least the Phylloxera plague.
The Twentieth Century brought a steady decline to this once thriving area. Ruinous policies on the part of the Spanish government in combination with bad harvests caused by persistent drought brought the sector practically to its knees. Although the recession in the wine-producing sector affected Catalonia as a whole, its effects were most bitterly felt in areas such as the Priorat, given the low productivity of its vineyards, low profitability due to the high harvesting costs, particularly in terms of labour and the expenditure involved in transporting grapes or wine in a mountainous region lacking in adequate communication networks. Civil War, two World Wars and massive depopulation further aided the decline and turned the Priorat into a legend of once upon a time great wine region inhabited by die hard Prioratins.
Those very people fought for decades to protect their name and reputation. A local publication in 1922 said: “Priorat wine enjoys great renown; Priorat is a name of repute; Priorat wine is of such superior quality by virtue of its taste, proof grading, characteristic bouquet and consistency, that it does not spoil. The older it is, the better, and it is perfectly able to compete with the best vintages from elsewhere. Properly matured, bottled and labelled, this wine would be a source of great wealth, and yet we totally ignore this potential treasure. Our wines are sold to be mixed with and improve the low-quality product of other regions, and yet we are paid the same price as if it, too, were just an ordinary wine. This explains why the Priorat is in such a state of destitution”.
After many years full of setbacks on July 23 1954 the Consell Regulador de la Denominacio d’Origen Priorat, with its head office at the Estacio Enologica de Reus, was at last approved and the lands that coincided with the lands formerly owned by the Cartusian monks became the DO Priorat.
At the end of the 1970s the sector was still in decline, and the situation was further aggravated by constant emigration from the land, the ageing of the population, low production and technical difficulties involved in harvesting. The number of people belonging to cooperatives fell, installations had become obsolete, opportunities for investment were practically nil and some vinicultural concerns were practically forced to close due to the lack of available work hands.
The situation seemed to have reached a point of no return when in the early 1980s a group of wine connoisseurs convinced of the potential of the Priorat radically changed the prospects of the area, although they were not overly aware of the effects this would produce. In the space of little under a decade, the size of vineyards, wine-production figures and the number of cellars increased astonishingly. Nobody, not even the most optimistic, could have foreseen such an turn-around in circumstances.
The D. O.Q. Priorat has gained merited prestige that together with the international recognition of its wines, but above all the proven high oenological quality of the area, has attracted major interest both from the vinicultural sector of Catalonia and from abroad, all eager not to miss the opportunity to produce top-class wines.
PRIORAT WINE REGION: BIBLIOGRAPHY
ANDREU, Jordi, “Creixement demografic i transformacions economiques al Priorat (segles XVI-XIX)”, in Penell, no. 3, Reus, 1989.
ANGUERA, Pere; ARAGONES, Manuel, “El Priorat de Ia Cartoixa d’Scala Dei,” Santes Creus, 1985.
CIURANA, Jaume, “Els vins de Catalunya,” Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, 1980.
FIGUERAS, Anna; CALVO, Joaquim, “El Priorat, la vinya i el vi,” Carrutxa, Reus, 1996. GORT, Ezequiel,”Historia de Ia Cartoixa d’Scala Dei”, Fundacio Roger de Belfort, Reus, 1998.
JUNCOSA, Isabel, “Tractat d’agricultura. Manuscrit anonim de Porrera. Segle XVIII”, Reus, 1998.
Priorat wine tour from Barcelona
An hour and a half drive from Barcelona is the Priorat wine region, the wines from which have become a real legend and pride of all Spanish winemaking in recent decades. Due to the unique climate, topography and hard work of local winemakers, tart and rich red wines from Priorat regularly win top prizes at competitions and break records at auctions around the world. Priory wines are considered the best in the world by the famous American wine critic Robert Parker. Therefore, an excursion to the Priory is a unique opportunity to see where and how some of the most famous wines on the planet are produced, and to get to know their authors.
Priory wine cellar
During the trip, we will visit several Priory wineries, where you will learn in detail about the peculiarities of local winemaking, and get an answer to the question why the wines from Priory have gained such fame far beyond its borders. Part of the tour will be a walk through the vineyards, located right on the slopes of the picturesque mountains. And it will end, of course, with a tasting, during which you will learn how to drink wine correctly in order to feel all the notes of its aroma and taste.
We can visit a couple of traditional small family wineries of the Priory, as well as the top farms of the region, owned by the founding fathers of modern Priory winemaking: Clos Mogador or Clos de l’Obac.
The mountain village of Siurana
The sightseeing day can consist of a visit to two wineries with lunch in between, or a visit to one winery and a farm of organic olive oil, which is also famous for Priorat. If you wish, you can visit the historical complex on the site of the Carthusian monastery Skala Dei, from which the history of Priory winemaking began in the 13th century, or the stunningly beautiful medieval village of Siurana, located on the top of the cliff.
Cost of an individual gastronomic tour to Priory:
|Tour type|| Guided car tour
| Guided car tour om
| Guide only (without transport)
| Guide only (no transport)
|Gastronomic tour to Priory (10-11 hours)||470 euros||650 EUR||290 EUR||320 EUR|
The cost of the tour for 7 or more people – on request.
The cost of the tour includes: organization and services of a guide, in the case of a car tour – a car with a driver and all transportation costs. Additionally, you will need to pay for tastings at wineries and an olive farm (from 15 to 30 euros per person, depending on the chosen enterprise) and lunch, including for a guide.
You can order a wine tour to Priorat from Barcelona by contacting us:
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Wine tour from Barcelona to Priorat
I’ll start with an elementary, albeit well-founded boast – since 2000 on the labels of wines produced in the Priorat wine region, in the south
Catalonia, the city flaunts the magical abbreviation “DOQ” (in the Spanish version “DOC”) – and it is “magical” for the simple reason that this is how the highest category of quality is designated
Apart from the Priorat, only wines produced in certain Rioja vineyards have been awarded this honor – and we are talking about Spain: a country that exports
wine is among the top three world leaders (along with France and Italy), and in terms of total vineyard area, it is the first in the whole world.
So here it is, the “exclusive” in the title of the article: Priorat wines are for true connoisseurs of divine nectar, aesthetes and, if you like, gourmets
enoprodukt, for which quality matters.
And the highest quality of wines from Priorat is today a generally recognized fact, and the opinion of the most authoritative expert and
wine connoisseur Robert Parker, who in 2012 included as many as 20 Priorat wines in a list of 133 Spanish wines rated 95-100 points.
This is especially honorable, given that the area of the region’s vineyards is very small and amounts to only 1888 hectares, and the amount of wine produced in the Priory is not
exceeds 0. 1% of the total Spanish volume.
But it’s not just about volumes – we’re talking about exclusives! Listen to these god-sounding names for every connoisseur of good wine: Alvaro
Palacios, Clos Mogador, Clos Erasmus, Mas Martinet, Clos de l’Obrac…
That’s right: this is the very famous “big five” – the wineries that stand at the origins of the current glory and prosperity of the Priory region.
It is these people, the most talented winemakers, whose names are known to every true connoisseur of wine – Rene Barbier and Alvaro Palacios – are responsible for the current
well-deserved reputation of the region.
Despite the fact that the vineyards in the Priory have been cultivated since the 12th century, from the moment the Carthusian monks appeared here, who founded the monastery of Skala Dei and
engaged in the traditional production of wine for the monastic brethren, local drinks never differed in any special qualities, and by the 20th century the region, to put it mildly, did not flourish.
However, the arrival of René Barbier and Alvaro Palacios here in the early 1980s changed everything.
Young, enterprising, thinking outside the box, who, moreover, at that moment at a certain crossroads in life – they immediately appreciated the uniqueness
of the local terroir – and literally “fell ill” with the Priory, having invested not only a huge amount of effort, but also their very soul into its development and transformation.
Well, their efforts have paid off: it is no accident that the price of some wines from their wineries now reaches 700 or more euros per bottle! In the heart of the region, where on the steep
the slopes of the vineyards of these luminaries, and at the same time two dozen lesser-known, but perhaps no less promising winemakers, are spread, we have a journey from
We’ll drive a hundred fast kilometers along the highway, and then we’ll turn aside, and – where is it, civilization?
The road will begin to wag more and more, the flat landscape will be replaced by mountainous ones, and traces of human presence will become less and less frequent.
As a matter of fact, his, this “presence”, here the cat cried: the entire region accounts for 9,000 souls of the population, and a third of them live in the “regional center” – the town
But we are even further, even deeper, even more “game”, compared to what Falset seems like a metropolis – to a picturesque village that can boast
with a population of as much as 237 people and the romantic name Gratallops, which means “scraping wolves”.
The name, as you might guess, is associated with a huge number of these ferocious animals that inhabited the local lands in the harsh Middle Ages. Wolves have been here for a long time
transferred, they were replaced by winemakers – and what!
With one of these specialists, the greatest enthusiast in his field, an employee of a small, relatively recent, like everyone else in the Priory, but quickly
As the economy is gaining weight, we are to meet on the main (and only) square near the main (and only) church.
And there in the car – and forward, into the fields, along narrow dirt paths crawling up steep slopes – the tour will begin with a visit to the vineyards.
Higher, higher and higher, and a little more, and then just a little more, already on foot, and the views from here, from the height of the vineyard, will open up such that it captures
Expanse, limited in the distance by powerful mountain ranges, and everywhere, as far as the eye can see, terraces of steep hills planted with vineyards. Priory picture if
I was lucky to see her, will remain in my memory forever – tested on myself personally.
But we are not here for beauty – more precisely, not only for them. I assure you – from the first minutes of the tour, we will make sure that with a guide through the unique wine kingdom of Priorat
we are incredibly lucky.
It is a real pleasure to listen to his incredibly enthusiastic, competent, saturated with a mass of interesting and unique information story. We ourselves for many years
Workers have never learned to treat it formally – after all, any knowledge without passion is dead – and it is all the more pleasant for us to see this in others.
We will move from the vineyards to the winery, where we will get acquainted in detail with all the stages that the harvested grapes must go through before being issued into
end product labeled DOQ Priorat.
At the end – the most pleasant and meditative part of the event: tasting. After it, as a rule, there is a natural desire to have a good meal before
back to Barcelona – well, the Scraping Wolves wine village boasts not only excellent wine, but also wonderful restaurants.
And there, exhausted under the weight of packages with freshly bought wine, we will get to the car, recline the backs of our seats more comfortably – and rush back to
The duration of the tour is 9-10 hours. Cost: 1-2 people – 380 €, 3-4
person – 420 €.