• 23 March, 2017

    UNWIND & WINE

    HEREDAD SEGURA VIUDAS: D.O. PENEDES

    www.seguraviudas.es/en

    The influence of the sun and of the Mediterranean sea make this region a privileged territory for winegrowing, halfway between Barcelona and Tarragona.

    The beautiful Estate is situated in the heart of an appealing landscape surrounded by a stretch of vineyards with a family mansion & cellar at the edge….At the far background one can indulge the views  of the unique shapes and multi-peak Montserrat mountain range, which turns pink during sunsets.

    The visit to the cellar and the vineyards is a top of the class experience. It is not touristy, as it might be expected or compared with other famous cellars of the area.

    The Estate has an official passionate enologist called Jordi who walks you inside the vineyards and gives you all kind of technical and amene introductions about the soil, curiosities about the climbing vine plants, the grape varieties, the flora and fauna of the ecosystem…including a funny “sex confusion” of the wine butterflies.

    The tour inside the cellar is also very interesting as it is well preserved and has some modernist architectural designs such as the blue tile walls. The tunnels down the cellar are also worth it.

    And the best of all: the family mansion and its rich decoration with rich oil paintings split around the various living rooms.

    And talking about the living rooms, one could “live” there foreever…They serve a truly genuine and delicious catalan breakfast (or lunch…or dinner in summer) consisiting of fresh regional products which shouldn’t be missed…and its wine…and cava, ¡of course!

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  • 8 March, 2017

    TARRAGONA, a giant UNESCO heritage

    Tarragona is the southern-most province of Catalonia & was a remarkable roman city today listed at the UNESCO heritage; but its importance somehow remains in the shadow (except for the persons like us,  people related to the Petrochemical Industry and the Crude Oil Refinery)…all of this keep Tarragona as an important european business landmark.

    The touristic fame of Tarragona has only one problem: the vicinty of Barcelona, and this is perhaps some of the best circumstance for an off-the beaten track experience:

    A walk at the Roman Ruins & the Cathedral, followed by a lunch in Restaurant CA L’EULALIA at the fishermen quarter of EL SERRALLO.

    www.caleulalia.com

    If you are into fish and seafood, Ca L’Eulalia is a compulsory visit. Located in the Serrallo seafront (the famous fishermen quarter of Tarragona), they serve the best and most fresh fish and seafood from the coastal region, extremely well presented. As they serve what’s been just caught at sea, there’s no regular menu. Oscar, the co-owner may help you (if his mood is not fishy) to decide amongst their best catch they have on the day.

    The restaurant is not only good for fish as Eulalia is a master of dessert. Last but not least the atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxed and homely, in honor to its city, TARRACO (TARRAGONA).

    Google maps:

    https://goo.gl/maps/fdU3citJjGC2

     

     

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