Europe | Spain – Torroja del Priorat, Spain – A Week in Paradise!
I am currently in Torroja del Priorat, a small village in the area. The Priorat is absolutely breathtaking; jagged mountains with trees, rivers, vineyards all over the place and tiny old stone villages set in the hilltops. Aside from the fact that people speak mostly catalan with spanish here, I feel like Im in Italy. Our village has about 100 people, no cafe, no store, no bread store, no internet cafe, nothing but the sound of the wind blowing the leaves and the cats running across the cobbestone paths. You can smell the aroma of fermenting grapes in the air. Fall has come upon us overnight and we can feel and smell it in the crisp air. Life is slow and full of traditions here, the food is delicious.
The other day we arrived at a local vineyard (100 yrs old) which was being harvested. This basically meant 7 catalan locals picking grapes off the vines and carrying them down the mountain by hand. The owner is a catalan spaniard with ice blue eyes. We joined them for breakfast on the hill which included wine, baguette, cheese, smoked herring, and brandy to top it off. I felt like I was in the scene of a movie. Everyone lives and breathes wine up here. Im learning a lot about the technical aspects of wine making, Im amazed.
Today we enjoyed a 3 hour lunch which included local red wine (negre in this region as opposed to tinto in the southern region), rabbit and mushrooms, soup with blood sausage, followed by creme de catalan (like a creme brulee) and coffee. Life is good…