The Carthusians: looking for the origin of wine in Escaladei

At the foot of the Montsant Mountains, surrounded by a landscape that will leave you breathless, it is easy to forget about the world. The Carthusian monks of the Escaladei had to follow a fundamental precept: find God, separated from the world, in absolute solitude. We invite you to take a fascinating trip to the past in the mountains of tranquility and wine.

When you enter the domain of the Carthusians of the Escaladei, your heart beats slower. You imagine Carthusian life and a contemplative spirit imbues you. It’s located in a privileged area of the Priorat. The legend says that a shepherd dreamt that angels went up to the sky on steps made from a pine tree stump. This is where the name comes from. Do you want to know what life was like in the Priorat?

The visit to the complex is fascinating. You’ll be guided through the ruins of the three cloisters, the church or one of the rebuilt monk cells. Imagining this place when it was in full operation is exciting. You must make a mental effort to go back to the majestic Carthusians of the XII century, who were completely self-sufficient.

Visionary wine farmers

The culture of wine is present in the everyday life of the Priorat, especially since a group of visionary wine farmers began to reap the inheritance of the Carthusians in the 80s and renewed the elaboration and aging of the wine in the area. Taking some of the walking paths through the Natural Park of the Montsant Mountains, you can feel the mark of this revolution. The vines climbing up the mountains cultivated in terrace forms and the wineries are just another element of the landscape. The bike routes are another activity that are popular among wine lovers. On foot, by bike or horse, the routes always end in wine tasting in one of the wineries of the DOQ Priorat or DO Montsant.

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Things to do

Siurana, the land of oil

Siurana, the land of oil

This is ground zero of quality oil production. Siurana lives in the lap of the Natural Park of the Montsant Mountains with a landscape that has become a natural spectacle. We propose you take a walk and finish the day in one of the oil mills of the area. The Oil Route finishes with a mandatory taste of extra virgin olive oil on crunchy bread!

Following the wine tradition

Following the wine tradition

The mark wine has made on the Priorat is omnipresent. But it is especially exciting, for example, to go to the Cooperativa Agrícola Falset Marçà, by the architect Cèsar Martinell. This modernist cathedral of wine offers a food and wine tasting on the roof of the winery, in the evening, between large decanters of their digestive wine. Even more peculiar is the theatrical visit of Lo Blai, a worker unaccustomed to receiving outside visitors who will tell you his particular vision on the winery. Humor and wine make a good combination, don’t you think?

Omelet in juice

Instructions:

The omelet with juice is omnipresent in the Priorat region, with recipes that are slightly different with variants on the sauté and, of course, the omelet ingredients. In this case, we propose an omelet with a bean and spinach sauce.

Preparing the classic omelet with beans and spinach is no secret. Let it cool. Make a sauté with the garlic and tomato. Immediately add the chopped parsley, toasted and raw almonds, red pepper and flour. To the sauté, add the water necessary to cover the omelet halfway. Cut it in triangular portions and pour on the juice. Let it all boil a bit.

Ingredients (for 4-6 people):

  • ½ kg of beans
  • ½ kg of boiled spinach
  • 8 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tomato
  • Parsley
  • 1 spoonful of toasted and raw almonds
  • Red peppers
  • Flour
  • Oil and salt