The cultivation of the vine is not new in the Priorat. Yet the region has only had a rise these past 15 years, to become one of the regions the most quoted of Spain, where the wines are sought after all over the world.
The Priorat was not considered to be a region capable of producing great wines. This Catalan area barren, steep slopes, producing rustic wines at very low yields was virtually deserted in the middle of the 20th century.
Yet, the Priorat has a unique and exceptional terroir. With a basement essentially slates, rich in minerals, the vines must penetrate deep into the ground in search of water. The slopes, providing good drainage, and an exhibition in the ideal Sun make Priorat a place to make wine.
Convinced of this potential, a group of idealists began to restore the vineyards towards the end of the 1970s. It took nearly 10 years for the old vines of Garnacha and Carignan are rehabilitated to produce great grapes.
With also the introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, these pioneers managed to resurrect a name almost dead and propel her to the top. The Priorat region today includes 1850 hectares distributed on 11 villages classified in c in the area of Tarragona.
Because of the steep slopes there is almost no possible mechanization. The grapes are picked by hand and yields are between 5 to 15 hectolitres per hectare.
Enjoy the view on the terraces of vines on the hill from the village of Morera de Montsant.
Join Christopher, winemaker for Clos Figueras and pioneer of Priorat, to understand the production of wine and taste samples from of a small-scale viticulture without insecticide.
Meet Paco Clos Dominic family domain, visit with him his vineyard and taste wine from his old vine.
Correos, Barcelona, Spain
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Le point de rendez-vous se situe dans le quartier gothique, au bas de la Via Laietana sur la Plaza Antonio Lopez, devant les marches du bâtiment Correos (bureau de poste principal). Si vous venez en taxi, demandez le "Correos Laietana".