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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  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Grenache Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Costers del Siurana

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

  • La Pesquera Winery

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

  • Rotllan Torra

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

  • Vall Llach

    Celler Vall Liach believes in the controlled microproduction of its vineyards and "trossos" so...

  • Mas Martinet Viticultors

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

  • 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

  • Mas la Mola Negre Priorat 2005



    Wine review by EDUARDO125

  • Mas la Mola Negre Priorat 2005


    One of the best new red Priorat wines I ever tried. Fresh blackberry and cherry fruit with mineral notes power estructure with a long and elegant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EDUARDO125

  • Ombra la Cova Dels Vins 2006


    This was a very pleasant surprise from the March Wine Library club shipment. If you enjoy chocolate and zinfandel give this wine a shot. Read More

    Wine review by fthead9

  • Vega Esccal Priorat 2005


    nice solid bottle of entry level Priorat. cherries with hints of mocha. fairly simple but well balanced and quaffable. Read More

    Wine review by 89683palmnut 89683 palmnut

  • Mas Doix "Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles" Priorat 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Alonso Rodriguez

  • Trio Infernal No 2/3 2004


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    Wine review by Alonso Rodriguez

  • Today I visited a liquor store that, for this side of Tokyo, is very ... of ... ... of Spanish red from the Priorat district that I'd bought from him earlier had been damaged. The cork had broken 1/4 of the way up from the bottom when I attempted to pull it, something that very, very rarely happens to me. The wine itself was suffering from ob... Read More

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  • Mas Igneus Grenache Blend Priorat Barranc Dels Closos 2006


    Last night I had a relatively cheap red from the Priorat region of Spain, Barranc dels Closos 2004, bottled by Igneus, that was a blend with a lot of garnacha tinta (80% with 20% carignan, I believe) in it. Unfortunately this was slightly damaged somewhere between Barcelona and my house in Western Tokyo, but I still could detect a far more sophi... Read More

    Wine review by dmcker

  • Embruix Priorat 2005


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    Wine review by 28902loremipsum 28902 loremipsum

  • Hello all (snoopeeps?),I'm finally here on snooth and ready to get down to ... ... to ... wines (especially Priorat/Penedes)-Syrah and Rhone blends (mainly cool climate stuff)-Dessert wine (of all kinds...)-Food pairingI write about wine at and for a lifestyle website at and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic getting busy on Snooth by 89683palmnut 89683 palmnut

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