16ª Wine Fair on D.O.’s in the region of Priorat

As every year, we attended one of the most expected events for the wine world in Catalonia: the Wine Fair on the D.O.’s in the region of Priorat. Thanks to the good weather, this year it was very crowded even if it was not the only trade fair held on that weekend. In the province of Tarragona only, more than ten fairs were held in different villages.

During four days, Falset became the wine capital city in Catalonia, where technical conferences, tasting sessions, recreational activities, food and wine pairing workshops and cuisine contest were held. This year, due to the crisis, the producers needed to foster promotion and maybe this is why this Wine Fair has broken records regarding the number of stands placed, as more than 100 wine producers participated. The activities organised in the frame of the fair were spread over the different villages of the region: Cariñena wine tasting session in Porrera, Tasting session in the ancient mines of Bellmunt del Priorat, The night of Grenache wines in Capçanes, Tasting session Cata in Torroja del Priorat, VideNit (evening tasting session) in Mas Figueres and many other activities were conducted during these four days.Priorat wine fair

The tickets cost 12+1 euro, from which twelve euro were charged for the glass and the right to five wine helpings and one solidarity euro in benefit of the Social Project Fund of San Joan de Déu for the fight against childhood cancer.

In the region of Priorat, there are two different D.O.’s: the D.O.Q. (Qualified Designation of Origin) Priorat which covers the inside part of the region and the D.O. Montsant which is spread over the surrounding area.

This year, the 10th anniversary of the D.O. Montsant wines was celebrated. Over these 10 years and thanks to their commitment for quality, they have got to achieve a very positive acknowledgment. The number of producers has increased, reaching nearly sixty wineries, which have achieved international acknowledgement and the production of a great many quality wines that, year after year, make this Designation of Origin an increasingly valued asset.

Such as every year, the wines from the D.O.Q. Priorat stood out for their power, structure and minerality. The soil of licorella, a slate variety, is one of the main factors that make an excellent terroir out of the D.O.Q. Priorat. If we add the high quality level of the vine culture and the winemaking system, the result are wines with a differential value that makes them unique.

It is difficult to choose among all the excellent wines tasted, but this is our selection:

D.O Montsant

White wines
– Tretze from the winery Mas de la Caçadora.
Acustic Blanc 2010 from the winery Acustic.

Rosé wines
Brunus  Rosé 2010 from Portal del Montsant.
– U from the winery Mas de la Caçadora

Red wines
– L’Heravi crianza from the winery Vinyes d’en gabriel.
Gobe 2008 from the winery Amics del Gobe.
Genesi Selecció 2006 from the winery Vermunver, S.A.T
Les Sorts Viñes Velles 2006 from the winery El Masroig
Braó Vinyes Velles 2009 from the winery Acustic.
Santbru 2007 from Portal del Montsant

D.O.Q Priorat

White wines
Odysseus Pedro Ximénez 2009 and Garnacha Blanca from Viñedos de Ithaca.
– Mas d’en Compte Blanc from the winery Cal Pla

Red wines
Somni 2008 del Portal from Priorat.
– Lo Món from the winery Trossos del Priorat.
Idus 2007, from the winery Vall Llach.
Solanes Barrica 2006 and Cims de Porrera Clàssic 2006 from the winery Cims de Porrera.

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D.O Montsant

White wines

Tretze from the winery Mas de la Caçadora.

Acustic Blanc from the winery Acustic.

Rosé wines

Brunus  Rosé from Portal del Montsant.

U from the winery Mas de la Caçadora

Red wines

L’Heravi crianza from the winery Vinyes d’en gabriel.

Gobe from the winery Amics del Gobe.

Genesi from the winery Vermunver, S.A.T

Viñes Velles from the winery El Masroig

Brao from the winery Acustic.

Santbru from Portal del Montsant

D.O.Q Priorat

White wines

Odysseus Pedro Ximénez and Garnacha Blanca from Viñedos de Ithaca.

Mas d’en Compte Blanc from the winery Cal Pla

Red wines

Somni del Portal from Priorat.

Lo Món from the winery Trossos del Priorat.

Idus, from the winery Vall Llach.

Solanes and Cims de Porrera from the winery Cims de Porrera.

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