Do you want to escape from the hustle of the city? Do you like wine? From ShBarcelona we recommend you to visit the Mas Vicenç winery in Valls, Tarragona, and enjoy visiting some other interesting spots in the area.
Mas Vicenç is a family-run winery located in the North of the Alt Camp region, in the Cabra del Camp town, near Valls. Following the inspiration and experience of Vicenç Ferré, they decided to turn the country house into a winery in 2005. According to them: “Mas Vicenç seeks to revive the tradition proposing a different way to enjoy one of the most classic drinks”, and their motto is “re-evolving the tradition”. They offer a selection of wines consisting of 3 whites and three red wines, and also commercialise their olive oil. They offer tours and tastings in Spanish, Catalan, French and English, and they have a really friendly and close attitude (tours are free of charge, you just have to book beforehand).
Valls and around
The winery is just a 15 minutes drive from Valls, where you can enjoy a relaxed walk through the old town, visit the Sant Joan church (and its bell tower), the Roser chapel or the Doldellops farm. Valls is also famous for its castellers and its famous casteller association Els Xiquets de Valls. Evidence of it is the castellers monument, located in Passeig dels Caputxins and built in 1969, shaped like a pyramid and representing three human castles.
From Valls it will only take you 20 minutes to drive to the city of Tarragona, famous for its wonderful Roman remains (including the Roman walls or the Amphitheatre), its Cathedral or its medieval streets. The beautiful beach town of Altafulla or the famous Coma-ruga beach are only at a 30 minutes drive from Valls.
If you prefer to avoid the coast, though, the medieval town of Montblanc is at a 20 minutes drive as well, and the famous Poblet Monastery is also in the area (a bit farther north, passing L’Espluga de Francolí, about 30 minutes drive).
The best option to explore the area and get the most from your visit would be to rent a car. You can drive from Barcelona to Valls in about 1.5 hours. There are also trains covering the route, the R13 line (leaving from Barcelona in Estació de França, Passeig de Gracia or Sants station) connects Barcelona with Valls through the coast (stopping also in Montblanc or L’Espluga de Francolí).