The wines of Priorat
Priorats new wine adventure began in the 1980s, when a new generation of winemakers began to realize the possibilities in the area. The Montsant range and a variety of other geological formations implies that Priorat has a particular microclimate. Add to that a soil (llicorella) with slate and a variety of other minerals plus a dominance of older vines (Garnacha and Cariñena), then you have the basic conditions for potent and mineral wines. Here, especially Garnacha gives very different results than in other districts in Spain. Treat yourself to a wine made from 40+ years vines (Vinyes Velles), and you will hear the angels of Priorat sing!
The Priorat DOC classification imposes restrictions on irrigation, cultivation and yield. Combined with the difficult geological conditions this means a relatively low yield. In general, the winemakers welcome the imposed constraints to refine their product. That is one of the reasons why there is generally a high level of quality throughout the Priorat DOC.
We cycle among vineyards so it is only natural that we pay a visit to one of the cellers (wineries) of Priorat on the rest day of the training week. For example Orto Vins (Masroig), Celler Burgos-Porta (Poboleda), Miguel Torres (El Lloar) or La Perla del Priorat (El Molar). Connoisseur or not – it is a pleasure to sample the products and learn about the details that make the wines of Priorat stand out.