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...

  • 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...

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Bodegues Ametller Civill SA.

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

  • Capafons-Osso

    Capafons-Ossó family has been dedicated to growing vineyards and producing wines for five genera...

  • 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...

  • Conreria d'Scala Dei

    The Conreria d'Scala Dei producers some of the most special wines from Priorat. Jordi Vidal is th...

  • Genium Celler

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

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Priorat on Snooth

  • Buil & Gine 'Joan Gine' Blanc Priorat 2010


    Dark ripe blackberry aromas with light earth and medicinal notes. Tight and tart in the mouth with red currant and clove notes with deep earth and some tar character. Full bodied and thick, with dark fruit.86 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Roureda Llicorella Priorat 2010


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    Wine review by nancyburns

  • Buil & Gine "Gine Gine" Priorat 2013


    Dark blackberry and black cherry aromas are touched with earth and smoke. On the palate this is full of crisp red fruit on entry, some cranberry and cherry notes, with a hint of smoke and a rough tannic finish that has a leathery quality to it as well.86 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • EM - You should have that camera phone in your pocket at all times and perhaps ... ... a 2009 Akyles from the Priorat region;  It’s a blend of 45% Garnatxa Negre and Garnatxa Peluda (“hairy Grenache”) plus 40% Carinena and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) and several tapas dishes.  The dessert was Sopa Fria de Frutos (wild red berry soup with Idiazaba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Morlanda Priorat Morlanda Crianca 2003


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Mas d'En Compte Priorat Tinto 2010


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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