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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  • Grenache Blanc

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

  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • 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

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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...

  • Bodegues Ametller Civill SA.

    This seventh Ametller generation has also begun a new wine-growing project in the neighboring pro...

  • Rotllan Torra

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

  • Mas Igneus

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

  • La Pesquera Winery

    Tinto Pesquera is the flagship wine produced by Alejandro Fernández at a bodega he founded in 1...

  • Mas Martinet Viticultors

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

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Priorat on Snooth

  • Tablas is definitely up there and their Grenache is a very good iteration of ... blends. He has one called El Priorato that is a ringer for Priorat and is quite fantastic. I believe it's a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. He has another based on Monstant, with a bit more Grenache, and while not CdR, they can hold their own a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Olbia Blanco Priorat Marco Abella 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gosh.  $22 is a bargain for Priorat.  Good job.So look for Montsant. It surrounds Priorat like a donut and part of it has exactly the same soil types but it was kept out of the DO when the lines were drawn. Some good values for the same grapes and some of the same producers.Had a few wines from Moldova the other day but no pics. And Uruguay. Ton... Read More

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  • Ciutat Vella Priorat 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gosh.  $22 is a bargain for Priorat.  Good job.Too funny about the ABU thing.  Once you know the code, it's perfectly obvious.  ABV never popped into my brain.  I'm getting too old for you guys. Read More

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  • I've packed up and moved south for a while. Currently in Orange Beach ... ... just a touch of Cab from the Priorat region of Spain. 15% ABU Dark ruby with the slightest tinge of purple in color. The nose is classic grenache. Taste is sour cherry with medium acidity that finishes with a strong kalmata olive note that lasts forever.&nbs Read More

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  • Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate la Vielle Alta 2015

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    Dark ruby with the slightest tinge of purple in color. The nose is classic grenache. Taste is sour cherry with medium acidity that finishes with a strong kalmata olive note that lasts forever. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Interesting that you mention the Black Slate.  In another post William was ... was ... d' Scala Dei Priorat Black Slate wine, came in 2nd over all.  It was built with Garnatxa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carinyena. I've been curious about the Black Slate monikered wine itself and now I've to find out where I can buy one, buy it and get it shipped.Tha... Read More

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  • I see where the black slate comes from.  I recently tried a red from Priorat and found it very tasty - more body than the wines from Rioja. Read More

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  • Best in Show: Dragon Provence Rose Cuvee 20162nd Place: Scalia De Priorat  "Black Slate" (after 2hour opened) 20153rd Place Finca Sophenia Chardonnay Mendoza Andes Argentina 20155 Stars: Thanks to this community of wine loving fans...All of the wines were appreciated and enjoyed and  All of the wines were ordered for the Holidays. Every one. Read More

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