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Priorat and its wines benefit from numerous factors. Its unique, picturesque landscape is characterized by numerous hills and steep slopes. Many of the vineyards were terraced by man long ago and are based on Llicorella slate. The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea is noticeable, but above all the temperature amplitude between day and night dominates the climatic influence. On the one hand, the black slate soils store the hot temperatures of over 40°C. On the other hand, the thermometer also likes to fall well below 20°C at night. Permanently blows a continental wind of the Montsant Mountains.
The best wines of the Priorat
Together with others big names of the prioryRene Barbier, Alvaro Palacios, José Luis Perez, Daphne Glorian was one of the pioneers of the first hour. When the dreamlike Priorat was still sleeping, this group of young, dynamic winemakers recognized the potential of the region again. A extensive recultivation of these spectacular, steep slate terraces was underway. Stylistically, an opulent type of wine was in demand in the early nineties - and long after. Besides the regionally typical grape varieties Garnacha and Cariñena also international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah to the use. The latter has been established in parts until today, most of the other fashion varieties are gradually disappearing.
You enterprising group attracted a large number of curious winemakers. Priorat rapidly developed into the avant-garde of Spanish viticulture. Even though the wines are a different world in their style and sensory compared to the Tempranillo strongholds in the north, the big names of Rioja and Ribera del Duero feared for their supremacy. The accolade came from the Designation of the priory as a D.O.Ca. and thus to the highest level of Spanish viticulture. This honor was previously given only to Rioja and since then no other region.
Written by Marian Henß