12 Denominations of Origin = 12 ways of understanding life in the region
Wine tourism in Catalonia has many facets since it is a land of contrasts: the agricultural landscape of Priorat, where the elevated terrain in terraced llicorella soil requires planting in small plots, which gives the wine that unique taste; the vineyards by the sea that are twisted by the tramontana winds of the Empordà DO; grapes grown at 1,000 metres altitude on the Vi de Lleida route; or the vineyards of Bages, protected by the bulk of Montserrat. There are 11 wine Designations of Origin and one cava Designation of Origin, which means there are twelve ways of understanding life in the region, separated by landscape.
Wine tourism to discover culture and heritage
You can also learn about the Catalan architectural and cultural heritage through wine tourism. Have you heard about the wine cathedrals? The writer Àngel Guimerà christened them as such because of their majestic structure and architectural similarity to the religious buildings. They are wineries designed by some of the most important Catalan modernist artists.
Enjoy the experience of taking a sip of wine alongside the vineyard, sleeping in a winery, getting a vinotherapy treatment or exploring the vineyards on a burricleta or a segway. When you have a glass of wine again, all the memories will come back.