The Spanish wine region of Priorat is a remote and rocky place which is known as the birthplace of intense, minerally reds that many wine writers and collectors consider to be Spain’s most elite wines.
The distinctive slate-and-quartzite soil (locally called llicorella), an abundance of sunshine and an energetic group of young winemakers have earned the region a reputation as one of Spain’s most innovative, while the area’s pristine natural beauty and long history make it a fascinating place to explore.
Priorat is a small, dynamic wine region in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain.
There are several different micro-climates present. Generally, the climate is more extreme than most continental climate areas, though there is a marked contrast between the valleys and the higher areas.
There are both freezing winds from the north (mitigated somewhat by the Montsant mountain) and also the warm Mistral wind from the east.
Summers are long, hot and dry (max temperature 35°) while winters are cold (min temperature -4°C). There is the occasional risk of frost, hailstones and drought. The average annual temperature is 15°C, and average annual rainfall is 400–600 mm.
• BY AIR – Barcelona International Airport lies to the south of the city near El Prat. Most flights from Barcelona are European based. There is a fast shuttle service (puente aereo/pont aeri) which can take you to your connection in Madrid in half an hour.
• BY ROAD – The main motorway leading southwards out of Barcelona is a continuation of the Diagonal road. This road becomes the AP7 motorway.which turns inland towards Martorell. The motorway has a series of tolls, which makes the one and a half hour journey to the Priorat into a rather expensive one! After the final toll at Tarragona, you take exit 34 and head towards Reus which turns into the N420 and leads you up into the mountains and then down to Falset the capital of the Priorat region.
• BY RAIL – Barcelona International Airport is to be found to the south of the city near El Prat. There are regular trains from the airport to Sants station where you can catch a train (2 hour ride) from there to Marçà-Falset station. The line is the Barcelona-Caspe-Zaragoza line and there are five trains a day. The last train leaves Barcelona at 20.33 hours during the week and 17.33 hours at the weekend.
A visit to the beautiful Priorat wine region of Spain
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