Wine tourism in the valley of La Fou

DO Montsant
Biodynamic viticulture in a unique valley
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 Duration: 4:30h + 2:00h (visit & wine tasting)
 Distance: 19,5 km
 Difficulty: Medium
 Slope: 615 m

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 Marçà  Capçanes  Vinyes Domènech  La Fou  Marçà


Route

Our route starts in the small village of Marçà. We will comfortably walk to Capçanes where we will take the valley road to reach the Vinyes Domènech winery. The winery is located in a protected natural area where they elaborate their wines in an ecological way and following the biodynamic precepts. We will enjoy wine tourism and at the same time get to know how excellent wines are made in the DO Montsant.

After the visit, we will continue our journey until we reach La Fou, from where we will head back to our starting point, Marçà, following the Camino del Ricorb.

00:00 h. We set off this ‘Vinos y Caminos‘ route from Marçà. We have left the cars parked on the outskirts of the village, in front of the cooperative’s facilities, and we continue along Baixada de la Font street. We then turn right into Mayor street and continue along the street of Bassa, as we finally leave the village along the PR de la Miloquera.

00:15 h. The footpath reaches the Marçà’s gulch. We cross it over a walkway and now we continue parallel to Els Estrets.

00:50 h. After a stretch of footpath along the dry riverbed, we reach the old aqueduct. There we stop to take a photo that has now become a tradition, and then continue along the footpath.

01:15 h. We arrive at the village of Capçanes. Here we walk along Les Eres street up to the village church and then continue along Sol street to leave the village.

01:20 h. We now take the PR-C 92 Camí de la Vall footpath, which has yellow and white markings and runs comfortably through the fields.

02:00 h. We arrive at Tollets de la Sendal. Fortunately, there is water there. We stop for breakfast and bathe in the pools. From here we follow the marks of the GR-7.

02:20 h. We leave the GR-7 for a moment to enter the vineyards of the Vinyes Domènech winery, where the owner awaits us for a visit to his fantastic ‘terroir’, to taste the wines, and to learn about the history of an emblematic winery of the Designation of Origin Montsant.

02:30 h. After the visit, we set off again, returning to the footpath and passing by the ill-fated Mas Collet hotel, now abandoned. We head towards the bottom of the valley and parallel to the Barranc de la Vall.

02:50 h. After crossing a mountain range, we continue along a paved track until we reach the area known as La Fou. Here a dam channels and collects water for the village of Capçanes. This is the perfect place to have lunch.

02:55 h. We continue along the track, leaving La Fou behind us and passing by Mas de la Vall. The track now becomes steeper and steeper.

03:45 h. We are now at Mas de l’Olla and after a few metres we turn right at the crossroads, towards Mas del Calàs and its vast vineyards located at an altitude of more than 500 metres. This is the highest point of the whole excursion.

03:50 h. Signpost. We leave the track to take a local trail with green and white markings. It is the Camí de Ricorb. The path descends steeply and is somewhat stony.

04:10 h. The trail then becomes a forest track. We will walk about 800 metres before leaving it and taking a new trail to the left.

04:20 h. We reach the Toll de la Pallissa and its stone bridge. The area has a natural pool, ideal for a refreshing dip. There is also a picnic area.

04:30 h. We continue parallel to the Marçà‘s gulch in order to reach the village by taking a track on the right, passing first along a stretch of paved road and arriving by Reus street.

Note: All times are approximate and do not take into account the 2-hour stop at the winery.
Doing the route alone or in a group can alter the partial and total times.


Prices:

– Visit and wine tasting: 15 €.
– Breakfast and lunch: at your own expense.

 


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