It was Carthusian monks who first planted grapes in the foothills of the Montsant mountain range and the region became known for its heady, red wines, which were capable of reaching 15.5% or even 16% alcohol naturally! But, the recent rise to ‘stardom’ of the wines of Priorat and its satellites, Montsant and Terra Alta, was fuelled by the discovery by a group of young, internationally trained wine makers that the particular soils, mountainous climate and exposure of the vineyard sites was about as close to the ideal that you could get in southern Europe. Today, Priorat is, without doubt, the most ‘fashionable’ of the Spanish wine regions. And, it is one of only two Spanish regions to have been awarded the right to the top appellation of Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) – the other being Rioja. Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
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