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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • La Pesquera Winery

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

  • DEVINSSI

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

  • Bodegues Ametller Civill SA.

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

  • Genium Celler

    In the year 2002, six families with a long tradition in wine cultivation in the municipality of P...

  • Rotllan Torra

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

  • Francisco Castillo

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

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  • Mas Martinet Viticultors Priorat Martinet Bru 2009

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    Wine review by Joakim H


  • Mas Doix Priorat les Crestes 2010

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    Young, sharp, unfinished. Could improve with age? Read More

    Wine review by flyinggrapes


  • Mas Doix Priorat les Crestes 2010

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    Young, shows promise, unfinished out of the bottle...will it open and soften after an hour or does it need cellering or is it a $32 bust? Read More

    Wine review by flyinggrapes


  • Very nice, we received our 6 OMV and 6 Shale Terrace futures just this week, ... this big, bold, dark fruit Priorat later for something completely different. Quite the contrast. My taste buds are num Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Celler Cal Pla Grenache Blend Priorat Black Slate Porrera 2011

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    This is a big chewy Spanish red from the Priorat region. Loads of dark red and black fruit combined with medium acidity and light fine grained tannins. There's tar and smoke combining with the dark fruit that is fairly well rounded overall, though not for the faint of heart. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • If you are seriously interested, I will send a presentation and brochure. To do ... ... del Duero, Rioja Alta, Priorat, Penedes.If you send the email I will send the info today.Thanks for the interest Read More

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  • I organized a 12 day tour to Spain where we go some incredible wineries, tour ... Duero; then to Rioja Alta; Priorat and Penedes after that. Spanish cooking class and market tour with a master chef, a paella fest on the beach; and there is also free time as well. Looking at a September trip. If it sounds good, let me know by March 15.Thanks.  Read More

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  • Mas Martinet Menut Priorat 2010

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    Good mix of black cherry and blackberry with well integrated toasty oak, hints of minerals and spices. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Cirerets Priorat DOC 2009

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    Wine review by jmns


  • Took me a minute to figure your notes VinoVino...sounds like a nice evening of ... thinking of my few tastes of Priorat. Intrigued me enough to find a bottle of German Dornfelder, which is supposedly the 2nd most planted red wine grape in Germany. &nbs Read More

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