Max. Summer temp. : 40 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: -3 ºC
Average rainfall: 500 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,600 hours annually
On July 6 2009, Priorat becomed the second Spanish wine region to be promoted as DOCa (Qualified Designation of Origin) nationwise, a higher category reserved for wines maintaining a proven consistency and quality over a long period of time. Since 2000 Priorat has endorsed this higher quality designation mention at an autonomic level as approved by the Catalan government.
Priorato - called Priorat in Catalan - is a small, unique pocket of black hills where powerful, deep red wines of superb quality have been made for over eight centuries.
Located in the province of Tarragona, the QDO leaped to fame in the last decade after producers began to apply new technologies in their winemaking. Since then the vineyards, planted at the beginning of the eighties with French as well as native varieties, have produced the acclaimed ‘new Prioratos’. Today these wines have become some of the best known not only in Spain but also internationally.
The quality of the wines, both the traditional and the new, is founded on a unique microclimate and soil. It is this terroir and the mixture of old and new wines that have made Priorato one of the most closely watched European growing areas.
Consejo Regulador DOCa Priorat
C. Major, 2
43737 Torroja del Priorat
Tel.: +34 977 839 495
- Spanish Ministry of Agriculture
- Regulatory Council, Priorat QDO
The acclaimed 'Prioratos' have become some of the best-known wines not only in Spain but also internationally.