A perfect blend of cooking, wine and culture. Discover Gaudi's birthplace in Reus, follow the Modernist architecture route, and enjoy hands-on Catalan-Spanish cooking and Priorat wineries. See our Calendar page for dates.. Check the Calendar page for dates
Grape Harvest Special
4-Day and 6-Day 6 Day 2013 FULL
Join us for a real harvesting tradition! Spend a day harvesting grapes, learning how the Priorat/Montsant wines are made, and having a traditional outdoor harvesting lunch with the whole winery crew. Check the Calendar page for dates
Olive Harvest and Olive Oil Special
In November Only
As an additional bonus to our normal 4-day cooking and wine vacation, spend a day learning how olives are picked, indulge in a traditional outdoor harvesting lunch and watch the whole process of olive oil being produced. Check the Calendar page for dates
Paella & Rice Special
April to September
Full immersion into Catalan cooking and Priorat/Montsant wines, with a special emphasis on the famous rice dishes of the region, and a visit to a rice field and producer. Check the Calendar page for dates
December 20-26 ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT
Spend the holiday season with this wonderful culinary experience when as an addition to our normal 6-day program you will learn how to make a traditional Catalan Christmas meal. A great way to do something different for Christmas! Check the Calendar page for dates
The Priorat is one
of the oldest and also one of the least densely populated districts
of Catalonia, and although it is only one hundred miles from
Barcelona, it is as remote from a bustling city as could be
possible. Located southwest of Barcelona, not too far from Tarragona,
this region sits in a natural amphitheatre of low mountains
that surround it on all sides. The twenty three towns that form
the Priorat are all relatively small and quite close to each
other, the principal one being Falset.
The economy of the Priorat has always relied on agriculture
and the production of wine and olive oil, making it an ideal
location for wine tours, winery visits and culinary tours. Here
they have been exporting wine since the fifteenth century, and
wine production remains its most important activity along with
the production of olive oil.
There are several
ruins from pre-Iberian settlements as well as vestiges of the
Romans' presence. The most notable historic feature though,
is the 'Cartoixa', or monastery of Escaladei. Soon after the
Islamic domination which ended in 1153, a group of Cartusian
monks were sent here from France in order to establish their
presence in Catalonia. Thus was founded the first monastery
of the Iberian peninsula, which you will of course have the
chance to visit during your stay.
the leader in Cooking Vacations with Catalan cooking classes, food courses and wine vacations in El Priorat and Barcelona, Spain.
Enjoy one to six day gourmet Spanish culinary vacation and classes in a private boutique cooking hotel in Catalonia, Spain. Single
day Catalan paella food course also available at our school in Barcelona.