Priorat Wine

This region within Catalunya (Catalonia) is known for its distinguishing soil type, known locally as licorella (The Catalan word for “licorice”) and to the rest of Spain as pizarra. The soil resembles shiny, black rock, with veins of brown-red, minerally earth. In some places this crumbles easily and in others it’s very rigid. This forces the vines’ roots to dig very deep for water, adding mineral intensity to the grapes grown there. The arid region receives a small amount of rainfall, making yields low compared to the rest of the country. Therefore, wines from this region, which can be concentrated and magnificent, are also quite costly. In 2000, the region was awarded the country’s highest designation, DOCa (Denominacion de Origen Calificada). 

Priorat wines are produced predominately with Garnacha, often blended with Cariñena, and sometimes additionally Syrah (giving it a distinct Rhone-like expression), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 
 
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  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

Popular Wineries in Priorat View all

  • Francisco Castillo

    New to the United States, Clos Dominic embodies the region of Priorat with its very small product...

  • Mas Martinet Viticultors

    Mas Martinet Assessoraments was founded at the end of 2001 as a consequence of the second generat...

  • Vall Llach

    Celler Vall Liach believes in the controlled microproduction of its vineyards and "trossos" so...

  • Mas Igneus

    Mas Igneus was founded in 1996, the result of a joint venture between Josep Maria Albet, Josep Ma...

  • DEVINSSI

    Devinssi is a winery in Gratallops, Priorat Qualified Designation of Origin. Brands: Il·lia, Mas ...

  • Rotllan Torra

    Rotllan Torra is completely devoted to wine production and wants to share this fantastic experien...

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Priorat on Snooth

  • Iugiter D.O.Ca. Priorat 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • If you speak those languages you're in great shape. I don't know of any ... board. Barcelona is close to Priorat and Monstant so you may have some opportunity there. And on Wine Berserkers, there's a forum dedicated to job opportunities, although those are probably mostly in the US. BTW - I don't mean to disparage the WSET at all. The idea of c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine certification in Europe


  • While contemplating the issues around Meritage, I elected to pour a glass of this Priorat wine that we had picked up at the Arrowine wine shop for around $20 several months ago.  Now it's not my favorite by a long shot, but it is quite different on the pallet - fruity in a strange way.  I'll need to give this a few tastings before finalizing my ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • MJ, plus 1 on Mark's comment re: that awesome paella, hope it tasted as ... ... love to try that white Priorat, not much of it makes it to our shores and you know how I love different and interesting wines. I have had one white Priorat that was made from Grenache blanc and Pedro Ximenez.  I thought it was fantastic, unfortunately the wine sto... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • V V - Glad to hear that 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon was still drinkable.  I am ... ... ordered a glass of the Priorat Natur Vermut (white) from Spain.  It was very tasty to Read More

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  • OK, the next Snooth dinner is at MJ's house.That Paella looks amazing. ... ... any more info on that white Priorat?  I assume it is the one in that last picture.  From the color I might guess that it hassome years on it.  Or it might have high sugar content.  Or it might be oxidize Read More

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  • La Cartuja Priorat 2013

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    Wine review by calywa


  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... is the difference between Priorat and Montsant reds here in Spain.  The Priorat D.O. is like the egg yolk in a fried egg, surrounded by the white which represents the Montsant appellation.  The geographic delineation is defined by where the geologic outcropping ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • OK, maybe poking holes into a simple model was too easy.As far as Priorat / Montsant goes, there is llicorella in both - remember that DOs and such get designated by politics, not by geology! Moreover, within Priorat there are very different terroirs - it's very hilly and the grade of a single hill can cause great differences in grapes grown at ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • Montebro Priorat Crianza 2010

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    Picked this one up at Jubilation. Dark, opaque, and inky in the glass. Full of spice, fig, vanilla, boysenberry, and blueberry on the nose. Medium body, soft, but a big mouthfull. Long finish with more complex savory and earthy notes. Very easy to drink, got along well with a grilled Steak and Mushroom and Carmelized Onion Chipolte Cream Sauce.... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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