Priorat

About the Region

Priorat also known as Priorato is in the northeast of Spain, within the province of Tarragona and the Catalonian region, and, along with Rioja, is allowed to label it’s wines with the highest qualification permitted in Spain, DOC. The area under vine is quite small, less than 5,000 acres (2000 hectares). The area is extremely hilly with many vineyards needing to be terraced. The area is known for it’s red wine for which the main grape variety is Garnacha although many now include some of the internationally permitted varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but it’s Syrah that has been used most widely, the other red grape permitted is Carinena. Whites, which are very scarce, will be produced using Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo (Viura), Pedro Ximenez and Chenin Blanc.