In recent years, Montsant, and Priorat in particular, have developed spectacularly, and their reds now figure amongst the most expensive and sought-after wines in Spain. The rediscovery of the Priorat wine-growing region has helped to revive interest the land and local produce in Spain.
This revival is all down to one wine-grower: René Barbier is responsible for the renaissance of the Priorat by establishing a worldwide reputation that has allowed the region, located in the untouched hills overlooking Tarragona, not far from Spain's north-east coast, to become one of the most prestigious wine-growing districts in Spain.
With his Espectacle and, above all, the legendary Clos Mogador, which achieved the rare feat of being awarded 98/100 by Robert Parker, René Barbier has proven the undeniable quality of this isolated region, which is surrounded by a chain of steep-sided mountains that demand intense manual labour, for a yield that hardly ever exceeds 2,000 kilos per hectare. (Alfavin.ch)
Total surface area of vineyards: 22,000 ha
Annual output: 120,000 hl
Wines: Priorat, Monstant
Established in: 2006 / 2001
Main grape varieties: Garnacha / Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo