From Barcelona we headed north in our golf cart sized rental car for the land of the vines.  I am fortunate enough to have  two winemaker friends in the region to call upon for a visit.

We began in the Priorat region at the renowned Gran Clos.  Packed into the back of winemaker Josep Angel’s Jeep, we cruised over the limestone terraced vineyards that make Priorat famous.  After a tour of the land, we were treated to a barrel tasting across multiple vintages and varietals followed by a four course lunch.

vintage scarf, Cynthia Rowley vest, GAP top,Robin’s jeans (with Josep Angel)

The following day we drove to the lesser known region of Terra Alta.  Terra Alta is a tiny village stuck in time – we truly may have been the first Americans to visit.  Here, we were the honored guests of Xavier and Rosa at Celler Clua.  Not only does Xavier have a modern winery where all growing and production occurs, he also brought us to his family’s ancient home – a place where generations once pressed grapes and olives.  In the dungeon-like subterranean levels, we gazed at antique barrels and a real crest from the Knights Templar.  Talk about a taste of the Da Vinci Code!

After copious amounts of wine, cheeses, paellas, and cured meats, we sought relaxation at the charming bed & breakfast, Mas Figueres.  The serene pool and quite backdrop of vines and mountain were perfect for a late-afternoon nap.  In the morning, the lovely family owners had a fresh, traditional breakfast awaiting us when we woke.  Such generosity made it difficult to leave.

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