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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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 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"...

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  • Genium Celler

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

  • Mas Igneus

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

  • 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...

  • Francisco Castillo

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

  • Capafons-Osso

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

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  • L'Agnet Priorat 2007

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  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... ... regions and many grapes. Priorat comes to mind, although that's a bit different because there's such a variety of grapes in use. But I remember doing a pretty extensive tasting of 1996 Priorats in 2006 and everyone agreed that they were best a few years earlier... Read More

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  • Mas Martinet Viticultors Priorat Martinet Bru 2009

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  • 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

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  • 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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