Seasonal cooking with personality.
A flatbread of caramelised figs and foie gras, or dry rice with squid and scampi broth are just some of the delicacies on the Albereda menu, a tasting menu of four dishes and two desserts that varies as the products change with the seasons. Internationals and innovative wines
You can’t miss taking a route through the Priorat and tasting its most international wines with their special taste conferred to them by the "llicorella", a rough, grey, slate-like stone. If you go there, you will see that in addition to a very special terrain its geography is abrupt, with steep slopes and spectacular countryside. So much so that the viticulturists have to make terraces to grow their vines.
The Priorat offers a great many possibilities, for example, you can pair up wine and culture if you go to the Agrícola Falset Marçà modernist winery (Montsant DO), built by Cèsar Martinell, a disciple of Antoni Gaudí. It is a spectacular building that belongs to the route of the so-called ‘wine cathedrals’ that includes a series of wineries whose buildings are monuments.
One visit not to be missed is to the Cartoixa carthusian monastery of’Escaladei, the first cartoixa to be built in the Iberian peninsula in the 12th century. It was the monks in those times that taught the farmers how to take advantage of the vines. You can visit what remains of the baroque gate, a cell and the church.
You can also head for Capçanes and taste the kosher wine. It is a pure wine made in accordance with the traditional Jewish customs and which a rabbi must certify as such. This wine is exported throughout the world.
If you like walking, take the Ways of the Wine and of the Oil. Old abandoned cart ways have been recovered and are nicely marked. You can go on an 11 km walk through the vineyards. You can stop off to visit the wineries but you can also discover the extra virgin olive oil production process at any of the area’s six mills. If you don’t fancy walking, go by bike!.
These are just a few suggested stops you can make on the Priorat Route, but if you want to have more wine tourism experiences, check the website.
For further information and bookings: Associació Priorat Enoturisme, email@example.com