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History and vines in the Alt Camp

A visit to the Monastery of Santes Creus and one of the most iconic wine cellars of Tarragona D.O.
The Cistercian Route runs through a fully Mediterranean landscape, and one with a long vine-growing tradition, the cultivation of vines having been a pillar of the region's agriculture since the 13th century. During this visit you will be able to learn about and taste the wines of the district and you will also be able to visit one its architectural jewels, the Monastery of Santes Creus.

The Monastery of Santes Creus, which forms part of the Cistercian Route, was founded in 1160 under the patronage of the Montcada and Cervelló families and Count Ramon Berenguer IV. Located on the banks of the river Gaià, it was the centre of one of the most extensive and influential monastic dominions of the Crown of Aragon. You can find out more about the monastery's history and life as a Cistercian monk in the video, “El món del Cister”. The monastery houses the tombs of king Pere el Gran and of king Jaume II el Just and his queen, Blanca d’Anjou.

A visit to the Mas Vicenç wine cellar, one of the most iconic wine cellars of the Tarragona D.O. and just 20 minutes away by car from the monastery of Santes Creus, is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the district's vine-growing tradition and to taste the wines. The family cellar is housed inside an old Catalan country house and covers 550 square metres distributed over five rooms: a vinification room, two aging rooms, a bottling room and a finished products room. Here you can taste some modern, characterful wines.
This route includes entrance to the Monastery of Santes Creus and the audiovisual presentation, the visit to the Mas Vicenç Cellar, and an evening meal, and half-board over-night accommodation. Please consult the terms and conditions here.

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