Priorat is a small wine region in Catalonia, Spain. It has recently caught wine lovers’ attention due its flavor-rich wines, one of them being our own 2016 Melis Priorat. The classic Priorat wine is typically made from two grape varieties: Garnacha and Cariñena and has concentrated aromas of licorice, tar and brandied cherries. However, this region has many secrets and mysteries many wine advocates don’t know. Keep reading to learn 5 things you need to know about Priorat wine.
- One of the most distinguishable characteristics of Priorat wine is the soil where its grapes grow. The region’s leading soil type is llicorella, a free-draining, nutrient-poor soil made up of partially-decomposed slate and quartz.
- This region rose from being almost unheard-of on the international wine market to being one of the world’s most expensive wines.
- Most Priorat wines are aged in oak for at least 12 months. This is because the official Priorat DO production laws recognize three levels of wine quality based on maturation periods.
- Priorat’s relatively recent rise to fame and glory belies the region’s long history of winemaking. Winemaking dates back at least as far as the 12th Century, when monks of the Carthusian Order established a the Priorato dei Scala Dei monastery and planted vineyards there.
- It is always sunny in Priorat. Summers in this region are long, hot and dry, and annual rainfall averages 500mm, making this one of the warmest, driest areas in Spain.
If you’re looking to try an authentic Priorat wine, we recommend giving our Melis’ products a try. All our Mediterranean artisan wines are made in this one-of-a kind region. Learn more about our products here.