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5th Wine Pleasures FAM Trip & Workshop
Grape Escape: Catalunya

24 - 28 January 2009.

Whether your clients are wine beginners or true connoisseurs, there are few specialist organisers catering for those who long to immerse themselves in Spain's wine producing regions.

Wine Pleasures is a specialist wine tasting company which can cater for your client's every need.

Wine Pleasures will open winery doors that are normally closed to the public, introduce clients to the winery owners and/or winemaker and generally ensure they see, smell and taste what they want. And if they are not sure what that is, we will advise tours for the absolute beginner to the crustiest Gran Reserva collector.

Wine Pleasures caters for organised groups who require tailor-made activities.

If you think this kind of tourism may be of interest to your client profile then you should apply to attend our next FAM Trip & scheduled for 24 - 28 January 2009.

 

Apply online now!

» Go to the online enrollment form or use the download enrollment form.

PROGRAMME


Day 1 Saturday 24 January.

15.30 Transfer from Barcelona Airport.
16.30 Arrival Sitges
16.45 Free time
17.30 Seminar: Grape Escpaes in Spain
19.00 Wine Pleasures welcome and programme presentation
19.15 A practical introduction to wine tasting - colour, aromas, taste, food pairing & opinión.
20.30 Dinner and wine matching.



Day 2 Sundau 25 January -
Osona & Pla de Bages wine region

Morning guided visit of Vic the capital of the Osona region.

Vic is a university city with an outstanding historical, commercial and scenic interest..

Interesting sites:

  • Guided visit to the historical centre
  • Traditional Market on the Main Square: every Tuesday and Saturday morning.
  • The Cathedral: a mixture of styles ranging from Romanesque (the crypt, the bell-tower, the remains of the outer cloister), gothyc (the cloister built in the 14th century, the altarpiece), baroque ( chapel, silver urn) to neo-classical style. The murals by Josep Mª Sert play essential part in the definition of the architectural space and enrich interest in the monument as a whole.
  • Route of the painter Josep MªSert
  • Episcopal Museum - important collection of Romanesque and Gothic art. The Episcopal Museum of Vic conserves a valuable collection of medieval paintings and sculpture, as well as outstanding representation of the evolution of liturgical art and decorative arts in Catalonia.
  • The roman temple: is the most important monument in terms of age. It was built in the 2nd century.
  • The city walls: From the 14th century were built to defend the city, these walls surrounded the whole historical centre, included 40 towers and 7 gates
  • Leatherworks Museum
  • A great number of church different styles, convents and modernist palaces.



Transfer to Tona home of a small boutique family cheese maker. Visit to learn how goats cheese is made and cured followed by a wine and cheese matching course - we will learn how to match different cheeses with different wines.

Transfer to DO Pla de Bages and winery visit and guided tasting.

 

 

 

 

Day 3 - Monday 26 January - Wine Pleasures Wine Tourism Workshop


The Wine Pleasures Wine Tourism Workshop brings together European wine experience providers and carefully screened, high-quality tour operators and travel agents at a unique event devoted to achieving results and growing international wine tourism in Europe.

Tour Operators and Travel Agents will use the Wine Pleausres Workshop to easily source new European wine experience programmes and providers for their portfolios, and to strengthen established business relationships - at one event in one location. They will appreciate how Wine Pleasures Workshops cut down the amount of time and travel required to manage their business relationships.


Wine Pleasures Workshops are renowned for their organisation and sophistication - and most importantly, for the quality of provider / agent relationships they facilitate.

08.00 - 09.30 Breakfast in the hotel - Workshop opens
09.30 - 09.55 Business appointment 1
10.00 - 10.25 Business appointment 2
10.30 - 10.55 Business appointment 3
11.00 - 11.25 Refreshment break
11.30 - 11.55 Business appointment 4
12.00 - 12.25 Business appointment 5
12.30 - 12.55 Business appointment 6
13.00 - 13.25 Business appointment 7
13.30 - 15.25 Lunch
15.30 - 15.55 Business appointment 8
16.00 - 16.25 Business appointment 9
16.30 - 16.55 Business apoointment 10
17.00 - 17.25 Refreshment break
17.30 - 17.55 Business appointment 11
18.00 - 18.25 Business appointment 12
18.30 - 18.55 Free
19.00 - 22.00 Winery visit & dinner

Day 4 - Tuesday 27 January - Wine Pleasures Wine Tourism Workshop

08.00 - 09.30 Breakfast in the hotel - Workshop opens
09.30 - 09.55 Business appointment 13
10.00 - 10.25 Business appointment 14
10.30 - 10.55 Business appointment 15
11.00 - 11.25 Refreshment break
11.30 - 11.55 Business appointment 16
12.00 - 12.25 Business appointment 17
12.30 - 12.55 Business appointment 18
13.00 - 13.25 Business appointment 19
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch
15.30

Day 5 Wednesday 28 January - Costers del Segre wine region - wine country bike excursion

Cycle along the picturesque River Corb valley to the village of Belianes Here we will stop and visit the village Cooperative and Olive Oil Museum and learn about the traditional method of making olive oil from the alberquina variety. Olive oil will then be drizzled on some local bread. After it's a short cycle ride to pick up the Cistercian Monastery Trail which begins in Vallbona de les Monges in the Urgell province of Catalonia home to the nunnery of Santa Maria de Vallbona founded in 1153. Upon arrival we will visit a small agricultural co-operative, L'Olivera whose wine production comes from its 12 hectares of vineyards where the Macabeu, Parellada and Chardonnay grape varieties are grown. The winery is located in a former barn and is equipped with all the modern technology necessary to obtain fine quality white wines. Wine tasting in the winery. BBQ picnic lunch.

Transfer to the Conca de Barberà wine region and time to discover Mediaeval Montblanc's streets and squares, visit churches and palaces and discover the history and legends that this walled town keeps. At the end of the visit we will stop by the Cooperative and learn how to drink from a Porrón!

Transfer to Vilafranca and winery visit - emphasis on the making of sparkling wine (cava)

Some 95% of Spain's answer to Champagne is produced in Catalunya under the Appellation of Cava. The industry is dominated by the two mass producers Freixenet and Codorniu whose acrimonious rivalry has at times acted as a brake on Cava's progress rather than a spur to greater quality. Today we will visit a family business that conserves an artisan methodology in the elaboration of its cava products. Elaborating wines with an artisan perspective means disregarding modern methodology, and thus means using the traditional methods; it also signifies having meticulous care when selecting the first must, or the run-off, in each single press.

Transfer to Barcelona airport

 

 

The only cost to you is the enrollment fee of 100 Euros.

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