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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  • 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...

  • Grenache Blanc

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

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  • Rotllan Torra

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

  • 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...

  • Mas Igneus

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

  • DEVINSSI

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

  • Costers del Siurana

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

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Priorat on Snooth

  • Pingus Ribera del Duero 2001

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    Wine review by scaff13


  • Celler Cecilio Grenache Blend Priorat l'Espill 2001

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    I have not had a bottle of this for a few years and just opened one last night. It has settled down and is not as big as the last bottle I opened. It is a wonderfully complex wine with hints of fig and oak. Read More

    Wine review by KellyMD


  • Celler Cecilio Grenache Blend Priorat l'Espill 2001

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    Wine review by KellyMD


  • Mas d'En Gil White Blend Priorat Coma Blanca 2006

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    A little disappointing, as I generally regard Coma Vella as one of the better Priorat values retailing under 30, and this one isn't quite as good as previous vintages, such as the 2001 or even the hot 2003. It boasts a seductive note of fruit compote, saddle leather and wood smoke. Velvety, and unexpectedly smooth for a young Priorat. The length... Read More

    Wine review by ricard


  • Celler Vall Llach Grenache Blend Priorat Idus 2006

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    It's a little closed on the nose, and not easy to discern the fruit, but you can detect hints of tar, liquorice and a brooding sensuality. Very gratifying on the palate, a delicious port-like complexity, evoking memories and sensations of figs, molasses, caramel and rich fruit compote. This wine is paradoxical it's still young, and therefore ne... Read More

    Wine review by ricard


  • Vall Llach Vall Llach Priorat Red 04 6cs 2004

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    Wine review by Hawk


  • Cellers Scala Dei Priorat Negre 2005

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    Subtle black fruit, slight smoke on the nose.Blackberry, some cola notes, well balanced with medium tannin. The finish is short on the fruit but the tannins hold for a while. Read More

    Wine review by diablo58


  • Alvaro Palacios Grenache Blend Priorat les Terrasses 1992

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    Wine review by sichondesign


  • Onix Priorat 2006

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    Amazing butterscotch and prune aroma. Beautiful deep purple color. Body between a pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. Wonderful find...thanks Jose Ordonez! Read More

    Wine review by kalani


  • Cameron Hughes Priorat Lot 49 2004

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    Tasted at the 2008 Wine 2.0 event at Crushpad: A Rich, meaty grenache blend. Still very tannic - needs time to open, or 6 months more in the bottle. As always, great value from Cameron Hughes. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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