Chef José Pizarro's Top Foodie Tips for Spain
written by Gabriella Opaz | 1st March 2018
It’s no wonder that Barcelona has become a gourmet food hub when considering its strategic position as not only a port city, but the main thoroughfare between the Iberian Peninsula and Europe. From Sicily to Paris, and as far as Morocco, Catalan cuisine has always had a unique historical capacity to incorporate the best of other culinary cultures. Present day Barcelona is a hotbed for not only innovative cuisine, but some of the best wine in the world.
On this luxurious 3 day tour, we’ll bombard your senses with the vast and varied styles of Catalan architecture, gastronomy and wine making in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe!
We were part of the 2016 Harvest Tour and had the experience of a lifetime! The Douro Valley is breathtakingly beautiful and our guides were wonderful. Ryan and Gabriella must have called in all of their personal favors because we met and drank wine with many winemakers, a wine shop owner and tasted ’72 port which Oscar Quevedo’s grandfather had made. Doesn’t get any more special than that!
Meet your driver and guide for a half day tour of the Gaudi sites. Drive by the Manzana de la Discordia, (the Modernist City Block), to see three apartment buildings by three Modernist architects, including Casa Batllo by Gaudi. Visit Casa Mila, known as La Pedrera, Gaudí’s charming apartment building and see a period apartment and the famous roof-top chimneys resembling medieval knights. Continue on to see the magnificent Church of the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s masterpiece.
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel before enjoying a private guided tour of the famous La Boquería market. After appreciating the wide diversity and quality of each and every ingredient, you’ll fill up your bags and head to a charming home with a gorgeous terrace overlooking the Tibidabo for a private cooking class. With glass of wine in hand, and stunning views, you’ll spend the entire afternoon whipping up traditional recipes with a trained chef.
Combine breathtaking scenery with world-class wine and local cuisine for an unforgettable day in the countryside!
You’ll be picked up at your hotel in a private luxury car and taken to the rolling countryside of the Penedès where a traditional Catalan breakfast awaits you. Mouthwatering flavors will include Butifarra sausage, locally produced artisan cheeses and olive oils, fresh fruit from nearby orchards and homemade pastries served with coffee or with a spot of bubbly, if you prefer.
Breakfast will be followed by a VIP visit to an exclusive, boutique Cava winery, producing some of the best sparkling wine in Spain. Wander ancient cellars stocked with wooden pyramids called “Pupitres” where the Cavas are “riddled” before “degorgement”. These words may sound “foreign” now, but by the end of visit, that includes an extensive tasting, you’ll be teaching friends and family how Cava is made!
By this time, your stomach will be craving a feast, and a feast we will provide! In the heart of the Penedes is a historic restaurant serving up some of the best slow cooked duck with plums and wild mushrooms, you’ve ever tasted. Your lunch will include heaps of hyper local traditional dishes, ending with homemade dessert.
After lunch, you’ll visit the second winery and enjoy a VIP private walking tour of their lush vineyards, followed by a tour of the barriques, cellars, and of course, a fantastic wine tasting of the best wines on offer (4 wines).
Sit back and relax while your private chauffeur transfers you to your cozy hotel in Barcelona. This will conclude one of the most unique, luxurious and engaging wine tours you’ve ever experienced.
Your English speaking driver will meet you at the hotel for your transfer to the Barcelona airport, where you will bid farewell until next time.