Around 1194 in the vicinity of what would later be the Carthusian monastery of Santa Maria d’Escaladei, a community of disciples of Saint Bruno of Cologne, both hermits and cenobitesWine production began in 1266 as a commercial crop. Bottles, utensils and tools were purchased from Porrera by the prior of Sant Vicenç del Garraf, and these, together with those that he had at properties in the mountains of Prades, formed the base for the production of what would later become the highly appreciated monastery wine. The combination of the wine-making know-how of the Provencal monks and the extraordinary characteristics of the Priorat soil made for a magnificent wine growing business., came into existence. This was the first Carthusian monastery in the Iberian Peninsula. The founding Carthusian monks, came originally from Provence and enjoyed the protection of King Alfons the Chaste, who had donated the land and had expressed a fervent desire to see the order established in Catalonia.
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