For its excellent wines, its products with "denominación de origen or its gastronomic days, the Costa Dorada is the ideal place for a gastronomic break. The mainstream quality wine regions in Spain are referred to as Denominaciones de origen and the wine they produce is regulated for quality according to specific laws.
To savor a wine is to savor a landscape and on the Costa Dorada this aphorism is a truth that justifies the escape itself. In these lands, the cultivation of grapes and the elaboration of wine is an activity that comes from many generations.
The Carthusian monastery of Santa María de Escaladei, which gave birth to this wine-growing tradition in the Priorat, is also a witness to the "wine cathedrals" of famous architects such as César Martinell or Josep Puig i Cadafalch, but in particular the five "denominaciones de origen" that produce the regions of the region: Priorat, Montsant, Penedés, Conca de Barberà and Tarragona. In addition, part of this region is included within the "Denominacion de Origen" Cava. Like the wine, these are other attractions with pleasure for a tour of the Costa Dorada.
The modernist wineries of Tarragona
The architectural beauty of these wineries or wine castles are especially abundant in the counties of the Conca de Barberà, the Priorat and the Alt Camp following the rise of Catalan agrarian cooperativism since the end of the 19th century:
The Celler of the Agricultural Union of L'Espluga de Francolí, work of 1912 of Domenech i Roura, has a winemuseum ; The Cooperativa Agrícola de Barberà de la Conca; The Sarral winery; The Cooperativa de Rocafort de Queralt - the first agricultural construction designed by Martinell or Brunet, the Falset, a modernist building from 1919 built by a disciple of Antoni Gaudí, Cèsar Martinell; And Vila-Rodona, Martinell i Brunet are the most representative.
Stroll through the priorat's wineries
The Priorat region has approximately 50 of the visitable wineries framed in DOC Priorat and DO Montsant. The Falset-Marçà Agricultural Cooperative, is the most outstanding for its modernist architecture, but also for visits that include wine tasting and vermouth.
Calçotadas, xatonadas and gastronomic days
Almost all the municipalities of the region celebrate gastronomic days to introuduce their local specialties. More than famous are the calçotades of the locality of Valls in January and the popular xatonadas of the Baix Penedès in February and March. Other of the most famous are the squid in Salou, the octopus in Mont-roig del Camp, the tuna in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant and the oil, from November to February, in the cooperatives