Located in the Gratallops area of the Priorat, the Puig Priorat winery is famous for its elevation, its slate soil and the gradient at which its vines are planted. It is thanks to this soil and the area's extreme weather conditions that the resulting wines possess such distinct characteristics and excellent minerality.
Puig Priorat was established in 1999 under the name "Viñedos de Ithaca." It was managed out of a small old house in the middle of the estate's vineyard.
In 2003, a newer, much larger and better equipped winery was built near a neighbouring motorway. It is here that the Odysseus, Penélope and Akyles wines are produced.
Everything in this winery revolves around Greek mythology. Ithaca is the birthplace of Odysseus (otherwise known as Ulysses), the mythological character that married Penélope and gave the name to Homer's famous Odyssey.
It is because of this fascination with Classical mythology that the Puig Priorat winemakers decided to use these references in their wines. They are also a tribute the Greeks, who were the first to introduce wine to the Iberian Peninsula.
In 2010, the winery definitively changed its name from Viñedos de Ithaca to Puig Priorat.
Puig Priorat is located in the Gratallops region of the Priorat, at 300 metres above sea level. The vineyard sometimes even reaches a 60 percent gradient, requiring the construction of narrow terraces in order to work the land.
The soil is rich in dark slate (licorella in Spanish). Because of this area's extreme weather, characterized by bouts of intense heat and drought, the resulting wines have a big personality, with ripe fruit notes and heightened minerality. The land is worked with a crawler tractor, giving increased stability to the licorella slate soil.
Only eleven hectares of land have been planted In this rural Priorat estate, with elevations ranging from 200 to 750 metres above sea level. Both autochthonous and foreign grape varieties are planted, namely: Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Cariñena, Petit Verdot, Touriga Nacional and Syrah.
Each variety is cultivated in a different plot depending on the elevation, orientation and weather conditions it requires. While the winemakers wait for their own vines to grow older, they rent old vines with very low yields from vineyards in the neighbouring towns of Poboleda, Vilella Baixa, Porrera and Bellmunt.
WINES BY PUIG PRIORAT
Puig Priorat produces high-quality wines with a very limited production. The wines have all the traits found in typical Priorat wines, but each one still manages to retain very unique characteristics.
The Odysseus Garnacha Blanca is this cellar's flagship: a young white with the purest expression of Garnacha Blanca.
We also have the Akyles, a red wine made from a coupage of Garnacha, Cariñena and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, with all the minerality characteristic of the Priorat.