Barcelona + Priorat

Nothing but sun and soil matters in Priorat

Priorat is a small, dynamic wine region in northeastern Spain, whose intense, full-bodied red wines have recently shot to fame. Delimited to the north by the Montsant mountains, the Priorat region draws an open circle of hills that softens to the south. Explore with Salvelinus an area where the breathtaking scenery dotted by costers (terraced vineyards), imposing towns, and winding roads make way for grape and olive groves, the masters of a gastronomy defined by the mountain range that encloses it. A privileged wine region framed by the Ebro river and the Mediterranean sea, aside from conventional routes, where you can feel time stopped 50 years ago.

Spain

A 12th-century wine production reaching its glory in the 20th century

Priorat feels personal with Salvelinus. Their local roots intertwine with those of the neighbors offering full local immersion in an area which has recently risen to fame. The region's rich history of winemaking dates back to the 12th century when monks of the Carthusian Order established the Scala Dei Monastery and planted vineyards. Enjoy private and customized winery visits, sommelier-guided wine tastings, and discover gastronomic treasures such as the extra virgin olive oil.

Location

The climate is different and notably continental due to its relative proximity to the Mediterranean sea. Only 1.5 h away from Barcelona, winters are cold, and the summers are long, dry and hot with huge temperature oscillations between day and night. This particular combination of climatological and geographical factors make Priorat an extraordinary area.

Experience

With careful fieldwork, Salvelinus only selects experiences where to be connected with the land. In those magical places, you will be able to enjoy fully customized and professionally guided tours. Ideal itineraries, planned by the best-qualified experts: travel designers, wine connoisseurs, sommeliers, winery owners, and local guides.

Mediterranean Wine Tour

Northeastern Spain

Salvelinus unveils a land of rural hospitality and a passion for local produce

The appeal of Priorat does not end with its more than 40 wineries, with Salvelinus you will also discover attractions as diverse as first-class wine tastings with views to the costers (terraced vineyards), traditional and the avant-garde cuisine experiences, century-old olive groves, picture-postcard towns, and the first Carthusian monastery in the Spanish peninsula.

While the rest of the Western world was moving away from traditional agriculture and farming, in Priorat they made do with what they grew or could trade, thus creating a local gastronomy based on beans, greens, cod, eggs, chicken, and pastry. Nothing is wasted, and any natural bounty is treasured as it ripens.

Salvelinus offers a complete package. Visit cozy wineries tucked away in historic villages such as Porrera or Gratallops, discover traditional and creative cuisine, and let yourself go by the beautiful landscapes and scenery.

A way of life ingeniously frugal and at the same time warmly generous

Spanish Pyrenees

From glowing red soils to steep grey hills

Despite having a multitude of common elements, like an ancient tradition dating back to the 12th century, or undeniable geographical proximity, the local designations of origin of Priorat and Montsant have strong contrasting terroirs. The bright red soil of Montsant glows next to Priorat's grey, while both produce wines with particular personalities.

Priorat

Priorat DOQ is one of Spain’s greatest vineyard areas, a rocky, sparsely populated mountain stronghold of teetering hilltop villages and plunging valleys. Most of the vines are planted in hillside vineyards called costers, which forced to develop precision agriculture based on quality. The region, punished by plagues and the economic crisis after the civil war, has a unique terroir, llicorella, a porous schist rich in iron. At the beginning of the 80s, a small group of pioneers recovered old vines and planted varieties brought from France, a humble origin still appreciated. Classic red wines are made based on Garnacha and Cariñena masterly mixed with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot resulting in full-bodied garnet colored wines, with unique flavor complexity and the characteristic mineral notes. Priorat’s white wines are increasingly surprising, based on Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo, mixed with Pedro Ximénez or Chenin Blanc Viognier.

Montsant

Montsant DO surrounds the Priorat DOQ like an open bangle. With less fierce growing conditions, its wines share some of the energy and otherness of its near-encircled neighbor. The DO’s origin dates of 2001 and its growth has been spectacular both in figures and in prestige. In Montsant important cooperatives in municipalities such as Capçanes or Mas Roig are mixed with small family wineries. Slopes and hills are mainly cultivated with Garnacha, Cariñena, and Macabeo sharing space with almond trees, olive trees, and pine trees reaching the Ebro river banks. Mainly renowned for its red wines produced by the superb old-vine plantings of Garnacha and the ever-rising standards of the top winemakers means that Montsant wines are finally making their mark with the world’s wine connoisseurs. White wines are scarce but surprising and worth discovering. So whether you are after fruity, approachable reds or wines of greater complexity and elegance, you will not find a better place to start looking in Spain than in the vineyards of Montsant.

Montsant

Montsant DO surrounds the Priorat DOQ like an open bangle. With less fierce growing conditions, its wines share some of the energy and otherness of its near-encircled neighbor. The DO’s origin dates of 2001 and its growth has been spectacular both in figures and in prestige. In Montsant important cooperatives in municipalities such as Capçanes or Mas Roig are mixed with small family wineries. Slopes and hills are mainly cultivated with Garnacha, Cariñena, and Macabeo sharing space with almond trees, olive trees, and pine trees reaching the Ebro river banks. Mainly renowned for its red wines produced by the superb old-vine plantings of Garnacha and the ever-rising standards of the top winemakers means that Montsant wines are finally making their mark with the world’s wine connoisseurs. White wines are scarce but surprising and worth discovering. So whether you are after fruity, approachable reds or wines of greater complexity and elegance, you will not find a better place to start looking in Spain than in the vineyards of Montsant.

Some of Spain's most exciting wines lay between ochre mountains and steeply terraced vineyards

Discovering the rich, sultry red Priorat wines among scenic vineyards in front of the Montsant mountains is a magical experience. A professionally guided taste and winery tour brimming with fascinating stories is the perfect aperitif for an unforgettable meal with new friends.

The two accompanying Cultural and Wine Tours were so very well planned to accommodate our personal interests. The drivers took the worry and stress out of driving. Maria, Judith and Sara were remarkable in their knowledge.

Jack and Lorna ZahalaMichigan, USA

Every day was conducted with great care regarding the pace of the tours, the variety of experiences and the interpretive aspects. Everything was first class.

Dan MichelsAK, USA

The Spanish culture is about friends coming together, sharing food and wine, so we loved it being part of it…The premium restaurant was an oasis of the very best of Spanish food and wines, and it was a gastronomes delight!

Gilly BateLondon, UK

Discover a realm of tranquility with Salvelinus

Let Salvelinus take you to a secluded easy to access wine region less than two hours away from Barcelona. A land filled with small picturesque villages beset beneath a beautiful mountainous landscape.

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