Monday, December 06, 2010

Priorat - 1000 years of Spanish wine par excellence

In recent years, the area of Priorat has gained international fame as one of the top wine regions in Spain, going so far as to be just one of two D.O.Q. (denominaciĆ³n de origen de qualidad) in the entire country (Rioja is the other). Lying in the mountain region just west of Tarragona, and about 2 hours from Barcelona, the region boasts a 12th-century Carthusian monastery, Romanesque churches and Modernista wineries.

But the true highlights of the region lie in the gastronomy. By now the wines speak for themselves, regularly rating 90+ points throughout the world wine publications. The difficulties in producing wine in the region result in higher prices, but the love and effort shine through in wines that are bold, robust and impressively complex. But the region also offers its own D.O for olive oil, and the mountain cuisine is a delightful combination of local ingredients

With something for everyone, it's the perfect region for food and wine lovers to explore in car or by foot. For more information or to arrange a private guided visit on your next trip to Spain, contact The Spanish Touch. 

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