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

  • Bodegues Ametller Civill SA.

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

  • Francisco Castillo

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

  • Costers del Siurana

    Two decades ago with the foundation of this cellar and the creation of these Wines, Charles Pastr...

  • Mas Martinet Viticultors

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

  • DEVINSSI

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

  • Gratavinum

    In the wild and rugged landscape of the Priorat , a dramatic struggle for survival of the vine is...

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Priorat on Snooth

  • Maybe we need to start a thread about making vinegar.  I'm a ... ... about Ribera del Duero and Priorat on great inexpensive bottles (Scala Dei--every wine they made--for under $14 per), but there are bad streaks, too.  At one point I have about 5 750ml bottles vinegaring on the kitchen counter.  Still, when you consider that a little bottle o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help me out here


  • Red, I think you mentioned that there is no Costco near you, but we made our ... X ItalianI have had the Nita Priorat (Spanish Grenache blend) and the Columbia Crest H3 Les Chevaux (Washington Bordeaux blend) before.  I'm trying the others to see what's there.  I buy a lot of "daily drinkers"  at Costco.  When I drink some of my other stuff, I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • v v, not focusing on that orchid showed it better than it really is. ... open ... open up for so long.And the Priorat was fine with the grilled chicken.  Like you suggested, I was quite surprised how bright and red-fruity it was.  It was only slightly more full-bodied than a rosé.Have a good trip, v v. We're looking forward to your reports. OT... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Mark, that orchid in the background goes nicely with that Priorat label! Most of the Priorats I've had lately have been very enjoyable, more on the bigger, chewier side with a lot of dark ripe black fruit. Sounds like the one you have is just a touch lighter. Hope it doesn't overpower your chicken. Read More

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  • Nita Priorat 2012

    Snoothrank:

    More red-than-blue purple colornot unlike a red plum. Reed fruit on introductiontart plums (surprise) and raspberries--but without the concomiitent sugar-like rush that makes me think cough syrup. Medium bodied. Not tannic at all. Fairly sharp acidity. For the $15 that I paid for it, a pretty good everyday drinker." Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome to Snooth Esol!  Have to agree that for big, tooth staining reds, ... Grenache based blends from Priorat, Spain. Happy huntin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?


  • JD - I don't know that I'd say yuck to all of them. Tasted the Long ... ... different - he went to Priorat and asked Sarah Perez to make wine in Priorat where she lives and works. It was a good model.But the Cam Hughes model is basically that of a negociant. The negociant wines from Chapoutier, Guigal, Jadot, adn others isn't that bad and is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Locations F1 vs F2 vs F3


  • "As of 2010, Airén was estimated to be the world's 3rd most ... garnacha I ever had was from Priorat, but the second was from Calatayud. Seems most all the plants there are grown up hillsides above 1700 feet. Later had plenty from Campo de Borja, too. Just for completeness' sake, here are some other names for garnacha/grenache I've run across:... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • I have very little experience with Grenache/Granacha.  (I don't think ... enjoyable experience with a Priorat blend--2005 Melis--last winter.)  So, I have been unable to make any contribution to this conversation. That aside, I would like to thank DM for starting the topic and a thank you to all the contributors for teaching me quite a bit.I w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • Mas d'En Compte Black Slate Priorat 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Another one had with dinner at Mercat Bistro. Plenty here especially at this price point. Loads of minerality, herbs, plum and black currant, and dark chocolate. Long smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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