What is the difference between the wines from Montsant and Priorat?

One of the most common questions that we receive from our clients revolves around a matter that for many years has generated an interesting debate: What are the main differences between the Montsant and Priorat wines?

Could it be just a question of price? How to define the character of the wines from both Denominations of Origin? In order to shed some light on this subject, at Decántalo we have prepared a list of the main similarities and main differences between these two neighboring D.O.s. We hope that you will find it useful!

vinedo-prioratA passage in the region of Priorat Photo by Joan GGK (CC BY 2.0)

Firstly, we have a clear opinion before we begin to explain our argument: D.O. Montsant and Priorat are different.

Despite having a multitude of elements in common, like an ancient tradition that dates back to the 12th century, or its obvious proximity (considering towns like Falset, some of the vineyards belong to D.O. Montsant and others to D.O.C Priorat), from our point of view, and always in general terms, there are sufficient arguments that consider both D.O.s as areas that produce with their own personality.

On the other hand, while slaty soils dominate Priorat and are a reasonable part of the enormous worldwide fame that their wines have gained as a result of their unique minerality, in D.O. Montsant the clay and limestone soils dominate.

Another important aspect to take into account is the rainfall, something that happens more in Montsant, as well as the yield of the vine, is also slightly higher in this area.

For this reason, wines from Montsant could be defined, always in general terms, as fresher and with a background of fruit that is more noticeable than those from D.O. Priorat, more concentrated and mineral.

Additionally, despite the taste differences, there exist certain aspects in the organisation of their own wineries, with Priorat being a D.O. built around small projects and successful authors (Álvaro Palacios, René Barbier, and a long etc.), by comparison a solid cooperative material from D.O. Montsant (Capçanes, Masroig, Falset-Marçà…)

We encourage you to discover special features from both Denominations with our suggestions of wines from Montsant and Priorat:

Faunus 2012. The winery Ediciones I-Limitadas presents us with this wine  from D.O Montsant made with  Syrah, Merlot and Cariñena grown from vines planted in calcareous soils. This wine has a high fruit load and a long and flavoursome passage. Very recommendable.

Maius Assamblage 2011. Concentrated, fleshly and also subtle and elegant. A lot of attention has been paid to this red wine from Priorat produced by the Maius Viticultors winery. An essential, for price, for quality and for pleasure!

Gotes del Priorat 2012. A coupage of Garnacha, Cariñena and Cabernet planted on steep slopes (costers) following an ecological agricultural process. An interesting red wine from Priorat from the winery Portal del Priorat. Fruity and mineral. A good option for a reasonable price.

L’Alleu Vinyes Velles 2011. An interesting coupage of Garnacha y Cariñena grown mostly from calcareous soils, however there is a presence of slate and granite soils for some vines. A good structure and acidity. A balanced ensemble.

Do not lose out! Long live diversity!

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