Priorat is one of the two DOCa regions in Spain. Its esteemed status is based on the very high quality of all its wines.
Priorat has mild Climate, steep- slope and terraced vineyards of slate (licorella) with some volcanic granite and the discerning Garnacha Peluda (“Hairy Garnacha”), which gives much more color and depth of flavors than other clones of the variety, together with Garnacha Tinta, Carinena that are often very old (50-70 years of age). They are planted in well-drained soils, developing deep roots into substrata to seek nourishment. Over 90% of the production here is red wine, some white varieties include Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca, Parellada, and Pedro Ximenez, Viognier and Chenin Blanc.
The pure Garnacha in Priorat is incomparable, with complex bouquets of minerals, spices, wildflowers, and concentrated red and black fruits, very generous on the palate without much harsh tannins. Blendings from varieties among Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah , Merlot, Garnacha Tinta, sometimes Tempranillo and Mazuelo (Carignan) are also common practices in wineries.
Leading producers here include: Torres, Alvaro Palacios, Clos Mogador, Dafne Glorian, Carlos Pastrana etc.