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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Varietals Produced in Priorat View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Priorat View all

  • Vall Llach

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


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

  • Conreria d'Scala Dei

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

  • Mas Martinet Viticultors

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

  • Mas Igneus

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

  • Bodegues Ametller Civill SA.

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

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Priorat on Snooth

  • 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

  • Mas d'En Gil Grenache Blend Priorat Clos Fontà 2004


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    Wine review by mistazang

  • Cims de Porrera Classic Priorat 1998


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    Wine review by DHL31

  • La Vinya del Vuit Priorat 2002


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  • Alvaro Palaci les Terrasses 2003


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    Wine review by golkipa

  • Nita Priorat 2005


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  • Onix Priorat 2006


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    Wine review by Moglandor

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