ENOTOURISM

Enotourism

Routes

Wineries producing wines and cavas have a long tradition in Conca de BarberĂ  and have now become one of the region’s main tourist attractions. Enjoy their architecture and facilities, take a stroll through the vineyards, discover the grape varieties and processes of wine and cava-making, and learn to appreciate their quality during enjoyable tastings with winemakers and wine experts. These pages aim to provide you with an overview of the wide range of options offered by the Winery Route of Conca de BarberĂ 

The route of BarberĂ  de la Conca and Pira
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BarberĂ  de la Conca is one of the oldest towns within the region to which it lends its name. One of the witnesses of its origins is the Templar Castle (12th-13th century), although it has been subject to many changes over the centuries. BarberĂ  is home to the Viver de Celleristes (an organisation supporting entrepreneurs who seek to produce quality wines). The Viver de Celleristes is made up of Gatzara Vins, GuspĂ­, Mas del Tossal, MolĂ­ del Capellans and Vidbertus, and is headquartered at the premises of the old Agricultural Co-operative Society of BarberĂ  de la Conca, which was established in 1894, and is the first-ever organisation of its kind to be founded in Catalonia and in Spain. We recommend a walk to Prenafeta, where you can find the remains of the old town and castle (10th century), the Museum of Vine and Wine as well as the Romanesque chapel of Santa Ana.
The two main attractions of Pira are its modernist winery and the manor of the Celdoni family. The rock-hemmed gorge formed by the Anguera River as it passes through the village is of stunning beauty. A trip to Ollers, a hamlet within the municipality of BarberĂ  de la Conca, is highly recommended.
 
 
Starting point: Sarral and Rocafort de Queralt
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Sarral enjoys international recognition and fame for its alabaster craftsmanship. Various workshops create decorative items, and the interesting Alabaster Museum provides an introduction this artesian tradition and offers an opportunity to experience it first-hand. Rocafort de Queralt is a good starting point for interesting trips to Conesa and Forès, to Les Piles and Biure, or to Santa Coloma de Queralt. On these tours, it is easy to discover remains of medieval churches, chapels, walls, and castles, surrounded by a soft landscape which offers splendid panoramic views.
 
Starting point: Blancafort and Solivella
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The attractions of Blancafort include its church and the Cavalry, a 17th century manor. Blancafort is a good starting point for excursions to the old village of Senan. 
Places of interest in the municipality of Solivella include a flour mill called MolĂ­ del Caixes o del Senyor (13th century).
Just a stone’s throw away, but already in the Urgell region, is the sanctuary of Tallat (15th century), which offers magnificent panoramic views of Conca. Not far from here is the Cistercian monastery of Vallbona de les Monges (12th century). Also worth a visit are the towns of Belltall and Passanant, which are dominated by ancient stone buildings.
 
Starting point: L'Espluga de FrancolĂ­
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L’Espluga de FrancolĂ­ offers some tourist attractions which make for a perfect complement to a visit to its wineries. An attraction that deserves particular emphasis is the Wine Museum, which shares its facilities with the co-operative. Must-sees include the Museum of Rural Life and the Font Major Cave Museum, as well as the old church of Sant Miquel (13th century) and the Chapel of the Holy Trinity and the old seaside town of Les Masies.
 
 
Starting point: VimbodĂ­-Poblet and Vilanova de Prades
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VimbodĂ­, along with Montblanc, are the two largest municipalities within the protected area of the Prades Mountains. Between one town and the other, you can take a stroll on well-signposted paths, cross lush forests, and enjoy pastoral views of the Cistercian monastery of Poblet. 
 
VimbodĂ­ is home to the church of the Transfiguration of Christ, the Glass Museum, the chapel of Torrents, Riudabella and Milmanda castle, and the  Cistercian monastery of Poblet (12th century), which is a true architectural gem. Closeby is the viewpoint of Pena, which is surrounded by greenery, and from where you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views. Vilanova de Prades is situated in the Prades Mountains and is surrounded by the Llena mountain range. Its special location from a geographic and climate point of view sets it apart from  the rest of Conca de BarberĂ  and allows you to enjoy the fabulous scenery whilst hiking, mountain biking or climbing.
 
Starting point: Montblanc
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Montblanc preserves its magnificent monumental heritage: streets, squares, churches, hospitals, palaces, manor houses, and its surrounding wall, lend it a medieval feel which makes it particularly attractive. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Regional Museum, or to attend the Medieval Week, which always takes place around St George’s Day (23 April).
The ducal town is an excellent starting point for trips to the chapels of Sant Josep and Sant Joan, or to the parishes of La GuĂ rdia dels Prats, Lilla, Rojals and Prenafeta. In the latter you can visit the Museum of Vine and Wine.