It covers the following grape varieties:
Red: Garnacha, Garnacha peluda and Cariñena
White: Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and Pedro Ximénez.
Non-traditional: during last years, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah vines have been included in small areas and in an experimental way.
Aging red wines are produced from these grapes; they are full-bodied and have a high alcohol content (15-16%); with a large-framed bouquet and intense color. The area also produces white and rosé wines, among which the most remarkable ones are dry generous wines (also known as “rancios”) and sweet wines.
Priorat is craftwork and tradition —old, strong vines born and growing inland in the Tarragona province. It comprises around 800 hectares, cultivated on steep hillsides and slate terraces, which are difficult to cultivate and not very fertile. The climate in this area is temperate and dry, cooler than on the Tarragona coast.
Red grape Mazuela is key to the Priorat. Also grown is garnacha, although in an inferior proportion. Vigorous red wines with a maroon color, dense, intense flavor and very intense aroma are made from a wise mixture of these two varieties.
Only some token white vines are produced in Priorat, such as Garnacha, Macabeo and Pedro Ximénez. Together with these wines, tradition kept those other rancio wines, slowly aged in barrels, full of character and rich in sensations.
Wines undergoing aging shall conform to the following rules: vintage red wines at least two years, one of which in oak container; rancio wines at least four years in oak container.
Excellent:1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005.
Very good: 1996, 1999, 2003.
Good: 1997, 2002.