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

    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...

  • 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...

  • Ugni Blanc

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

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  • Gratavinum

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Vall Llach

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

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Priorat on Snooth

  • Mas d'En Compte Black Slate Priorat 2012


    Another one had with dinner at Mercat Bistro. Plenty here especially at this price point. Loads of minerality, herbs, plum and black currant, and dark chocolate. Long smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most ... just prior to WW2.As far as Priorat, it's a little different. It was known as a wine region only since the 1100s when they built the Carthusian monastery. Elsewhere, the Phonecians and Greeks and Romans introduced wine. Nobody is completely sure what grapes were plante... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Celler Vall Llach Priorat Porrera VI de Vila 2012


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Was hoping we could get to the point where we'd break down the good (and ...nPrioratOther parts of SpainOz (various regions)CA central coastCA north of the BayWAOthers And also talk about why we thought some worked well and others didn't.. Read More

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  • Looking through my cellartracker past and present, I've found plenty of ... southern Rhone, Paso Robles, Priorat, which makes sense as Grenache is typically a warm climate grape. Now you have me thinking about a new theme for a future tasting event. We just recently we popped a 2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Blewitt Springs: Big, frui... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Lucy, you can also try some garnacha (same grape as grenache in France), starting with the Priorat region, then exploring around a bit. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Buil & Gine 'Joan Gine' Blanc Priorat 2010


    Dark ripe blackberry aromas with light earth and medicinal notes. Tight and tart in the mouth with red currant and clove notes with deep earth and some tar character. Full bodied and thick, with dark fruit.86 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Roureda Llicorella Priorat 2010


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    Wine review by nancyburns

  • Buil & Gine "Gine Gine" Priorat 2013


    Dark blackberry and black cherry aromas are touched with earth and smoke. On the palate this is full of crisp red fruit on entry, some cranberry and cherry notes, with a hint of smoke and a rough tannic finish that has a leathery quality to it as well.86 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • EM - You should have that camera phone in your pocket at all times and perhaps ... ... a 2009 Akyles from the Priorat region;  It’s a blend of 45% Garnatxa Negre and Garnatxa Peluda (“hairy Grenache”) plus 40% Carinena and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) and several tapas dishes.  The dessert was Sopa Fria de Frutos (wild red berry soup with Idiazaba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

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