You can describe grapes’ varieties, red and white of course! You can describe the soil, its location and terroir, but what is not very easy to describe is the flavour, taste and emotions a Priorat wine can provide.
This is a list of the main grapes which form essential part of Priorat wines in this part of the world. The leading role is shared between Grenache and Carignan, which occupy most of the region’s scarce 2000 hectares of planted vineyards. Grenache is delicate with berry and spicy flavour. Carignan provides a perfect blend with Grenache for example, as it provides a much needed low alcohol level to balance other grapes’ high acidity. The main characters are also Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and white Grenache among some.
The distinguished soil of the DOQ Priorat wine region is slate; yes! The same material to roof your house. This grey rock’s unique sheen, reflects several rainbow colors when exposed to the sun. This hard soil forces winemakers to grow vines on terraces, which are mostly farmed with the help of one of the most important members of the family: the mule.
We know that the Priorat has a romantic allure, but it’s not just that, its vines are planted on curved terraces which seem to carefully hug the hills like dancing waves on a green landscape at any time of day.
Priorat wine have a qualified designation of origin (DOQ) which only Rioja in Spain, have the same level of qualification.
The yearly production of Priorat wine is so small, that finding a bottle (or a box) in your personal wine cellar at home, is not the norm. But we believe it would make a fantastic addition and would make of your collection, an interesting and worthy wine cellar.