VIP PENEDÉS & MONTSERRAT: WINE, CAVA & OIL EXPERIENCE AT CENTENARY WINERY WITH LOCAL BRUNCH & MONTSERRAT PM
WINE, CAVA & OIL EXPERIENCE: In the first part of the tour you will enjoy an exclusive visit to the oldest and the most spectacular, wine and cava cellar at the Llopart winery. There you will learn more about the production of wine, cava and olive oil. Do not miss this one unique experience. The personalized visit in the winery will allow you to discover the secrets of winemaking, from the grape harvest to your benefit. Continuing with the elaboration of the cava, sparkling wine and finally knowing a bit more about the production of olive oil. During the Tour you will have the privilege of to explore the private country house of the Llopart family, inherited by Bernardus Leopardy in the XIV Century. We will get into the small cellar in the house basement where, in 1887, the first bottle of Llopart cava was produced. In this charming old winery you will experience a trip to the past with the tasting of their most emblematic and exclusive cava: Original Gran Reserva 1887. The experience will continue by visiting one of their oldest vineyards: “La vinya de Paulino” with vines that are more than 75 years old. The tour continues to the current facilities where all products of Llopart´s range of cavas is produced nowadays. Once we get to their ExVite tasting room, you will have the chance to enjoy three more tastings: one wine, two oils and one of their cava Gran Reserva. These drinks will be served with a brunch of local products including “pa amb tomàquet”, cold meats and cheese. The morning tour finishes at Julià Travel Office (Balmes, 5) from where we will start the second part the tour. MONTSERRAT PM: Second part of the tour departs from Julià Travel office (Balmes, 5) at 03:00pm. Start your half day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable bus towards the mountain of Montserrat, which rises majestically up to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter). Montserrat is a multi-peaked rocky range formed of sedimentary rocks shaped by the wind and rain. The popular imagination has seen human and animal shapes in some of these peaks, giving them names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations. You will go up to Montserrat with the Cog – Wheel Train, which leaves you in the middle of the Monastery. It is a 15-minute trip with a privileged and spectacular view of the mountain. The train has panoramic windows which make the actual journey an interesting attraction. The train is air-conditioned and they are completely wheelchair-friendly. You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna from a distance. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat was founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories, miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending the pilgrims needs, one thousand years after it was originally founded.
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INCLUSIONS: Air conditioned motor coach. Bilingual assistant all the tour. Guided tour and commented tasting of wine, cava and oil. Brunch of local products in the ExVite tasting room of Llopart cava including bread topped with tomato, cold meats and cheese. Bilingual guide in the Montserrat tour Taste of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery. Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation and significance of this pilgrimage site. Cog – Wheel Train. EXCLUSIONS: Food and drinks, unless specified Hotel pickup and drop-off.
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BLACKOUT DATES 14Aug, 11Sep & 24Sep, 25Dec, 01Jan & 05Jan. Others to be confirmed LANGUAGES: Guaranteed in English and Spanish. This program has the collaboration of Diputació de Barcelona