Your Position force for wine lovers lurking in the two-hour drive from Barcelona. The Priory has everything you need for happiness: nature, history, superior quality products, as well as a wide offer of the wine tourism. Be sure to try the local olive oil, nuts, cheese, figs and other pleasures of the gourmet.
The monks, who 800 years ago we grew grapes here first, marked the beginning of the wine-making tradition, but the Spaniards during the numerous wars and disasters, which were rich in the Middle Ages, it lost. Priory to the beginning of the XX century was a godforsaken place where a few farmers with their donkeys lived modestly. Impulse region received in the 60 years when winemaking was reborn again. In the 1980s, there was an investment boom - the region poured money that made the Priory a highly agricultural region and a Mecca for fans enoturizma.
Volcanic slate, which consist of mountain slopes Priory, gives wine unique local flavors. Due to the dry climate of the old vine roots in search of moisture penetrates into the soil to tens of meters, saturating grapes minerals. Performance vines are extremely low: in the Priory of thinking about quality, not quantity, of their wines are the most dense, tart, full-bodied, with a variety of fruit flavor. These wines are so rich in flavor that even the famous Spanish Rioja after they perceived as an easy, boring wine.
In our 2000 year Priorat region has received the right to mark DOC - the highest category in the system of classification of Spanish wines, is now in the elite list of only two: Rioja and Priorat. On the higher positions more items of this region in the year of Parker's rating of the year. Most of the wine produced DO Priorat, about 80% is exported. Its primary market - the US, Switzerland and other European countries.
Villages "pueblos", which wineries have the right glue labels with DOQ Priorat:
Бельмун-дель-Приорат (Bellmunt) Гратайопс (Gratallops) Эль-Йоар (the praise) Эль-Молар (El Molar) Ла-Вилейя-Баша (La Vilella Baixa), Ла-Вилейя-Альта (The Vilella Alta), Скала-Дей (Scala Dei) Морера-де-Ла-Монсан (La Morera de Montsant) Поболеда (winemaking) Торрожа-дель-Приорат (Torroja del Priorat) Поррера (Porrera). The total population does not exceed the listed Pueblo 3.000 guests.
County Administrative center - the city of Falset (Falset), it lies beyond the borders of Priorat wine, but very picturesque, so it is recommended to take a walk here between visits cellar. Also very beautiful town of Siurana (Siurana), located on the ridge of the mountain, there are several hotels and restaurants of excellent.
To get to the Priory of Barcelona is very simple: you have to go in the direction of Tarragona, then leave right on Reus and from Reus at the N-240 highway to head for Falset. Then it all depends on the travel plan, but the total length of the road is unlikely to exceed 150 kilometers.
Company Happy in Spain organizes wine tours in the Priorat region. More HERE.