Whether it's a cooking class with a Michelin-starred chef in Marbella, a tour of a Tarragona olive-oil mill or a Catalan expert cooking an authentic rabbit-and-snail paella over an open fire, owner Jane Gregg can make it happen.
–Wall Street Journal, "Choose Your Own Food Adventure."
We curate authentic food, wine and cultural experiences into unforgettable trips. Need a trip in Spain, Portugal or France created for you? Contact us and we'll plan your tailor-made journey!
Where to go in 2014
- The Two Basque Countries: Spain & France
- Sherry & Jamón country: Andalucía
- Catalonia & Languedoc
- Ribera del Duero & Rioja
Epicurean Ways designs and arranges trips to Spain, France and Portugal. We synthesize food, wine, cultural and active experiences to create unrivaled adventures for you.
You may have a clear idea of what you are looking for in your trip. Or you may have only hints or loose sketches in mind. Wherever you are in the process, we can collaborate with you, and help you create a trip that exceeds your imaginings.
We plan trips ranging from a few days to a few weeks long. We let you choose your own mix of planned and guided activities and independent time. Take a look through our sample itineraries to gather ideas. Call or email us to start planning.
We involve you with the protagonists of these countries' lofty culinary and viticultural traditions, while incorporating cultural touring and daring adventure activities in a rare combination of elements.
Our bespoke approach is based around our expert guides who are with you as much or as little as you choose. The curated selection of restaurants, wineries, hotels, tapas eateries and farms taps into our reservoir of knowledge, with over 50 percent of these providers not available through other companies.
Anchored by great Spanish regions centered on Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastian and Sevilla, our food experiences bring to the fore an unflagging and diverse crop of local meals, elite cooking classes, secret tapas restaurants and sustainable farms.
Passion for wine is built into private tastings with winery owners, hikes through wine regions and tapas lunches on vineyard slopes. Our focus on active experiences shows itself in hikes in the Pyrenees, bike rides through olive groves and horseback adventures on Andalusian beaches.
From the blog
The Priorat & Tarragona
Hi Jane, Just a quick note to tell you how fabulous the trip was. I want to thank you for a well organized, high quality and professional program. Larry, Issac, Judy and I look forward to [another trip in Spain] next year. A special thanks to Gerard for both the tour of the hotel and olive factory, and his lesson/tasting where I learned so much about olive oil. Lastly, Jane you should know what a fantastic job your guide did for us. She is very knowledgeable and very professional. –Dave C., Penn State University
The Basque Country
Hi Jane, Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip! All of the tour guides and the driver were wonderful! They made us feel right at home and were very informative! The hotels were great too. Thank you again for a lovely time! –Shelby Hughes, Honolulu
Barcelona & the Basque Country
Thank you for your thorough trip planning and sage recommendations and advice. Everything worked out very very well. The hotels were great and the meal recommendations perfect!
You attended to every detail with obvious depth of knowledge.–Nancy D., San Mateo, CA
Spain, Portugal & France
Jane, I just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the trip that you planned for us in Portugal, France and Spain. The guides that were provided were top notch and the food and wine events were outstanding. The trip went off without a hitch and we look forward to your assistance in planning another food and wine travel itinerary in the future. –Jeff & Cathy Black, Los Gatos, CA
Barcelona, Costa Brava & Andalucia
We had a wonderful trip. All the guides were great, with the one in Barcelona being outstanding! I would recommend all the guides to others, and the mix of guided days and days off was very good. Please tell Jane she's put together quite a group of people to help a trip to Spain be very enjoyable. –Judi and Bill, Chicago
The Priorat Wine Region
The wineries we saw were awesome!!! We especially loved Trossos, Enrique's place and Clos de l'Obac. And we also loved the Penedes winery. All of these people are so warm, welcoming, amazing and so passionate about what they do. They really opened up their wineries to us and we loved them all. –Heather C., Dallas
Madrid & Andalucia
Wow, what a wonderful trip! Thank you so much for all your hard work and efforts to give us such an amazing experience. Everything was just perfect; comfortable, friendly hotels, knowledgeable and fun guides, and THE FOOD..........no adjective good enough here. All guides were great, but Sam and Joanna were really wonderful. There were so many special moments. Did you hear about our Sherry tasting with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis?– Gayle T, Virginia