Sub region of Catalonia region
The Denominació d’Origen Qualificada Priorat is a small mountainous region located in the heart of the province of Tarragona. in North East Spain. The Montsant mountain forms the northern boundary, to the west is the Sierra de la Figuera, to the east Molló and, to the south, the territory opens out and follows the course of the Siurana river downstream towards the Ebro. The Siurana river and its tributaries are the main geographic artery of the area, and have created a series of valleys due also to the geological curves of the ridges and hillsides.
Priorat is one of only two regions to hold Spain’s top-tier DOCa classification (the other being Rioja) and it is one of very few world-class wine styles to be based on Grenache – a category in which it is joined by red Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France.
The DOQ Priorat is formed by 12 grape growing zones (villages) which are Bellmunt del Priorat, Gratallops, el Lloar, la Morera de Montsant, Porrera, Poboleda, Scala Dei, Torroja del Priorat, la Vilella Alta and la Vilella Baixa, and the grape growing zones of Masos de Falset and Solanes del Molar.