The technique of the Carthusian monks, along with a land dominated by slate, resulted in the el Priorat wines, a unique flavour and an unbeatable quality that earned the DOQ.
Each town from the Priorat DO
, with the 102 wineries to visit and their wine, cultural attractions and outdoor activities, is a good way to explore a region that began to forge in the 12th century, when the Carthusian monks arrived from Provence, bringing with them the techniques to develop a wine production that has evolved over the centuries. The route begins in la Cartoixa d'Escaladei
, from where vineyards spread throughout the area, settling in the hills of llicorella, a type of slate responsible for the intensity of the Prioritat wines. You can continue through la Morera de Montsant
, located at the foot of the Montsant, and from where several routes for hiking enthusiasts begin; la Vilella Baixa, with its typical houses set on the Escaldei gorge; Gratallops, whose main street is Casa dels Frares, with a Renaissance doorway and stone arch; Torroja del Priorat, where you can listen to the Baroque organ of the church of Sant Miquel, and carry on to Porrera, with its sun dial route, mainly from the 19th century, to finish up heading towards Bellmunt to visit its mines
. Not forgetting Siurana
, another of the historic sites, located on the homonymous reservoir, which has resulted in legends of Romans, Christians and Moorish queens.