Located in the region of Catalonia, this small region sits on the hills and mountains inland of Tarragona. Wine production is very small here, as this region is about 1/12 the size of Rioja. Priorat achieved DOC classification in 2000. This wine region has been making wine for centuries, but it was the new-wave of talented wine makers in the early 90's that really took this region to the big stage. Priorat wines are made by blending several grapes, such as: Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carinena and Syrah. Wines from this region usually offer a full body, deep concentration and a remarkable balance. Newer barrels are used as well as higher alcohol levels. Prices in this region will a bit higher than others in Spain, main reason being the difficulty in harvesting the grapes, as most vineyards are on steep hills, which in return offers wines with better depth and character. Top 5 wineries in this region are: Bodegas Alvaro Palacios, Clos Martinet, Clos Mogador, Celler Vall Llach and Clos Erasmus.
KEY FINFORMATION ABOUT PRIORAT
WEATHER IN PRIORAT
SELECTION OF PRIORAT WINES
Mas Doix, Salanques
Cellar Pasanau, Finca La Planeta
Vall Llach, Idus
With all the 2011 Spanish wines coming into the market right now, you should be preparing yourself for some of the worlds best values to show up. Most wines have already received great scores from Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, and International Wine Cellar. One of the biggest problems with Spanish wine is that they sell out quickly, and most people by them by the case. There are many great wine shops to buy these wines, but they usually sell out... Read more