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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  • Grenache Blanc

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Priorat View all

  • Mas Martinet Viticultors

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

  • Gratavinum

    In the wild and rugged landscape of the Priorat , a dramatic struggle for survival of the vine is...

  • Costers del Siurana

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

  • Rotllan Torra

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

  • Bodegues Ametller Civill SA.

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

  • Mas Igneus

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

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Priorat on Snooth

  • Montebro Priorat Crianza 2010

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    Picked this one up at Jubilation. Dark, opaque, and inky in the glass. Full of spice, fig, vanilla, boysenberry, and blueberry on the nose. Medium body, soft, but a big mouthfull. Long finish with more complex savory and earthy notes. Very easy to drink, got along well with a grilled Steak and Mushroom and Carmelized Onion Chipolte Cream Sauce.... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Melis Grenache Blend Priorat 2005

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    PnPed. Quite fruity (not California PN fruity) with red plum, strawberry flavors with some vanilla oak. Very little acid, and even though I am an acid bigot, this is not translated into a minus. A medium-bodied wine whose tannins appear to have settled nicely. A very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • New world wine make it so easy. It's all written right on the label. Winery ... ... I'm going to have a Priorat, tonight. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover


  • I was taught by a chef a couple of generations my elder 'cook with the ... ... ... France or Garnachas from Priorat or Tempranillo from Rioja or... have all worked, as have Cab Francs and Cab Sauvignon blends from France, and even some Cot/Malbec from Cahors. I tend to get creative with that dish, anyway, and sometimes add vegetables that migh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... before he became famous in Priorat.But briefly, barriques are relatively small barrels. Many people use them to refer only to "Bordeaux" style barrels, which are 225 liters, or a bit under 60 gallons. Those are called barrique bordelaise, but actually it can be ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Mas Doix Salanques Priorat 2010

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    A very nice priorat. Ripe black cherry and smooth fine grained tannins give this grenache based Spanish red nicely balanced flavor and a really nice mouthfeel. Nicely tamed, not your overpowering Priorat. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Emark, I'm not afraid of saying what I think about a wine I've had. ... ... Spanish white blend from Priorat of 91% Grenache Blanc and 9% Pedro Ximenez. Juicy and complex with white peach, honeysuckle, apricot, a touch of vanilla, nice minerality, decent acidity and a very nice finish. Excellent QPR at around $1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Conreria d'Scala Dei Black Slate 'La Morera' Blanc 2012

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    Really, really nice Spanish white blend from Priorat of 91% Grenache Blanc and 9% Pedro Ximenez. Juicy and complex with white peach, honeysuckle, apricot, a touch of vanilla, nice minerality, decent acidity and a very nice finish. Excellent QPR at around $15. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • L'Agnet 2010

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    This very typical Priorat has gobs of coffee, deep red fruit and plenty of sediment - the latter being a product of sitting in the supermarkets of Barcelona a bit longer than anticipated by the producer. Good Priorat intensity on the nose and palate and consequently an excellent value. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • OK so you're farther along than I thought.The guy is Jorge Ordonez. His ... ... of the "value" Priorat region but those wines can be a hard sell no matter how good they are. Today points don't sell a wine like they once did and in spite of the fact that a winery gets high scores, their wines may not move. Monstant is a great example of a regio... Read More

    Forum post in the topic importing Spanish Wine


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