Wine Tasting in the Pyrenees

Posted on 29. Feb, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Press Trips, Spain

One of my favorite activities when traveling, like most travelers, is tasting the local foods and drinks. Having already been treated to a fabulous 10 course fancy dinner, I was really excited to have a traditional, family lunch and wine tasting at one of Cadaques winery, the Mas Perafita vineyard, in the beautiful setting of Cap de Creus.

Welcome to Mas Perafita!

The minute I stepped on the estate I knew it was going to be a great afternoon. If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for cats and dogs. And boy, was I happy! There were 4 dogs playing around the property, obviously thrilled to have found new playmates. I admit that a part of me suddenly wasn’t interested in wine and food anymore…

Our welcome party!

I finally made my way inside to a charming, rustic dining room, filled with local delicacies, but most importantly, the welcoming Catalan family who owns the vineyard. Rafa, the patriarch, was very kind and generous, and obviously excited for us to experience his meal and wines. Some spoke Catalan, others Spanish, most spoke English, but everybody had a good time, regardless the language they spoke.

The table was full of pa amb tomàquet (bread and tomato with olive oil), anchovies, black and white botifarra (raw sausage), and tons of other goodies. And of course, lots of fresh olive oil! We were also served a hearty winter dish, a type of stew with white beans and sausages. I never thought I’d find something like this in Spain, thinking that stews were Nordic, but it was excellent! After looking at it carefully and taking a few bites, it reminded me of the famous French cassoulet.

Yum!

And then came the wine part. Having already indulged on a few glasses during lunch, I was more than happy to visit the winery and get a bottle for myself to take home. The winery building was built in the 14th century, and recently refurbished to the highest standards by the Faixò family. It’s a state of the art winery to say the least! I loved learning more about the process of wine making and the different methods. We even had the chance to taste wine that Rafa usually keeps for himself!

Mas Perafita Winery

The whole estate is absolutely fantastic. With a medieval winery, spectacular scenery and, for those interested, a lovely B&B on location, visiting this Cadaques winery is the perfect addition to any trip near Cap de Creus and Catalonia. A friendly family, tasty local food, amazing wine, cute dogs and Pyrenees? Yes please!

Mas Perafita (photos courtesy of Mas Perafita)

Have you been to Mas Perafita or Cap de Creus in the Pyrenees? Are you a fan of oenology tourism? 

Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary blog trip by Charming Villas Catalonia. As always, all opinions are my own.

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9 Responses to “Wine Tasting in the Pyrenees”

  1. Oh wow, this sounds fantastic! Those dogs are adorable, and the food/wine sound lovely. As much as I love eating cheap Thai food every day, I can’t wait until we arrive in France next month…. :)

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Ohhh, do let me know where you will be posted, I would love to meet and chat :)

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  2. Laura

    01. Mar, 2012

    Cute dogs, lovely wineyards!

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Not sure what I preferred between the wine and the dogs… is that wrong? :-P

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  3. Katherina

    02. Mar, 2012

    Wow, lucky you! Glad you enjoyed…. it looks fantastic!

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      It was! Not sure if I had more fun at the wine tasting or playing with the dogs, though…

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  4. Ayngelina

    04. Mar, 2012

    What a gorgeous diptych of Mas Perafita. It looks like such a fabulous time.

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      It was! I had a lot of fun there, both with the people, the dogs and the food/wines. Great discovery!

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