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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 Blanc

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

  • Grenache

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  • Francisco Castillo

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

  • Mas Martinet Viticultors

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

  • Vall Llach

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

  • 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 ...

  • Rotllan Torra

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

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