A Catalonian Romance

In the Middle Ages, a peasant living in a wild region west of Tarragona, Spain, claimed to have had a vision of angels ascending and descending a staircase to heaven, Alfonso II of Aragon commanded Carthusian monks to build a monastery on the spot. Now, amid the ruins of that ancient building, called Scala Dei, one can climb another and very different kind of stairway to heaven: One can drink the wines of Priorat.

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