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Hotel Arts Barcelona launches new winery tours


A chance to make Spanish sparkling wine for Autumn harvest season

With Decanter Magazine recently revealing an 80% rise in sparkling wine sales, Hotel Arts Barcelona is encouraging guests to discover Catalonia’s vibrant viticulture scene, by launching a new series of tours, tastings and winemaking sessions in the nearby Penedès Region, where over 95% of all cava is produced, and just an hour’s drive south of the city.

Taking advantage of the upcoming Autumn harvest season and showcasing one of Spain’s most beloved exports, “Spanish Champagne”, or cava, Hotel Arts Barcelona’s new package will enable participants to visit multiple wineries, taste the sparkling wines served at the hotel’s Enoteca restaurant, and make their own sparkling wine, which will be bottled and sent to them once fully matured.

Guests will begin their immersion into the world of sparkling Catalan wines with a trip to the Penedès region’s Mas Comtal vineyard. A 40-hectare estate at the feet of Spain’s limestone Garraf Mountains, Mas Comtal’s vineyards are organic, and have been family owned since the late fifteenth century. Here guests will discover the processes underpinning organic viticulture, whilst sampling a selection of the wines served at Hotel Arts Barcelona’s famed, two Michelin-starred restaurant, Enoteca. Accompanied by a Hotel Arts Barcelona Sommelier, guests will enjoy wine tasting in the vineyard, with paired appetisers.

Guests will be invited to join in with grape collection and subsequent pressing, before trimming and pruning the vines, in preparation for the harvesting process. They will collect fruits and press them to extract the "must" (a mixture of grape skin, seeds, and pulp) before leaving it to ferment. Once aged for a period of twelve months, guests will receive six special edition bottles of the cava they’ve created, sent directly to their homes. Additional stops on the tour will include: Cava Guilera, a leader in Enotourism initiatives, Finca Ca N’Estella, whose historical wine presses date back to 1789, and Llopart Cava vineyards, a family run working estate, since 1385.

Post harvest, guests will be transported back to the hotel for a special seafood menu served at the hotel’s internationally renowned restaurant, Enoteca. Designed by Catalan chef extraordinaire, Paco Perez, this exclusive menu will be paired with a selection of wines from the vineyards visited. The experience will offer insight into the wines’ provenance, and vine to table process.

Hotel Arts Barcelona’s Harvest Package includes a Vintage Harvest experience at Mas Comtal, winetasting in the vineyard, lead by a Hotel Arts Barcelona Sommelier and accompanied by a selection of gourmet appetisers, six bottles of wine created on the tour (these will be shipped to each participant’s home address, once fully matured), two nights’ stay at the hotel for one person and dinner at Enoteca paired with wine from the Penedès region.

This costs from €1,760 + 10% IVA per person and will be available until the end of October, 2016

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