Winemaking in Catalunya became embedded in the landscape and culture 2,000 years ago when the ancient Greeks and Romans arrived and is documented in fourteenth century works describing how Carmelite monks produced wine for the entire region.
In keeping with its leading historical role in the development of Spanish wines, this area gave birth to Spain’s sparkling Cava industry (traditional champagne method) over 100 years ago.
Today Catalunya is known for reviving Spain’s winemaking tradition in particularly innovative and visionary ways, gaining the world’s attention with offerings of exciting, upscale and elegant wines at very reasonable prices.
Castel d’Escales offers custom tours of local area boutique vineyards you would not be able to find or visit without a personal invite. Tours are tailored around your group’s specific interests and take a minimum of four people and maximum of eight allowing you to visit the smaller producers off the beaten track.
Your Wine Walks guide, Jack, has been in the wine business here in Girona province for the last 17 years and knows all the vineyard owners personally. This is a fabulous opportunity to experience vibrant boutique wines in a uniquely personal way without the high prices.
Jools was very helpful with making arrangements and Jack’s vineyard tour was excellent!
- Dennis Louisville, KY
Wine Walks customizes your tour before you set out in their comfortable minivan.
Available tours include a half-day with one winery visit and tasting followed by lunch at a good local restaurant, or a full day tour with a second visit and tasting after lunch.
Wine Tastings at Castel d’Escales
We also offer the flexible option of bringing wine tastings hosted by Wine Walks to your group at Castel d’Escales. Held in the castle wine cellar and barrel vaulted dining room, the tasting can be organized around a gourmet dinner prepared by Jools.
Custom tailored to your preference, tastings range from a general introduction to Spanish wines to focusing on more local wines from the Empordà or Catalunya. In general, an hour’s tasting before dinner is the best, and a maximum of six wines – a mix of red, white and cava depending on the weather – are then available to accompany the dinner afterwards.
Another easy option is to taste wines from the castle cellar stock as these are on hand and represent a good selection of both local Catalan and national Spanish wines.
Wonderful! For us wine is #1 and having “cellar” was key. We can tell it’s a passion – as food and wine are for us.
- L.M.Garrison, NY
Wines supplied to Castel d’Escales by Wine Walks come direct from smaller producers all over Catalunya and Spain that they have built a personal relationship with.
These are not supermarket wines but handcrafted boutique wines minus the high prices and intermediaries.
WineWalks tours and tastings are supplemental to your booking.
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