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Priorat, a pradise for wine lovers

Priorat is a Catalan region known for cultivation of wine. Located in Sierra del Montsant, it reflects the tradition of the medieval monks who sowed the first grape seeds. Not surprisingly, this area is home to several hermitages such as San Bartolomeo and the Cartuja de Escaladei, whose origin dates back to the twelfth century. On the reddish soil of steep slopes and on terraces, the vines of Priorat have been grown throughout the centuries, producing a great quality wine. Its grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, are made from the dark grapes of southern France and are already a reference in the world of viticulture. These local varieties boast an intense aroma and a rich and fleshy flavour to the base of traditional reds.

The Sierra del Montsant is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural areas of the region. It is formed by extensive forests, ravines, rocky hills and pine forests that end in the homonymous river. This orography has determined the cultivation of vine, thus becoming part of the denomination of viticulture. The same concept is used at the vineyards as the cultivation process is carried out under extreme conditions.

The Montsant wine region does not only have beautiful landscapes, but also the villages located at the foot of the massif display a charm that is difficult to resist. Siruana is one of those hard-to-resist towns with cobbled streets and unique views, where legend and history are intertwined. We should also mention another magical town called, La Vilella Baixa with its medieval character. It has been nicknamed the New York of Priorat as its buildings are in a slope and on different heights on the ravine of Escaladei.

Priorat is also an area of ​​great architectural and artistic wealth. In this respect we must mention Castell del Vi, the wine museum, located in the old fortress of Condes of Prades. Built in the 12th century, it now houses a modern three-storey museum, where visitors can explore the history of wine with interactive and audiovisual programmes.
Another place of interest, in addition to Minas Museum, is Cartuja de Escaladei. Besides being the first building to be built on the peninsula, it has a beautiful tale to tell. In their quest for land to settle in, the Carthusians found a shepherd who claimed to have seen angels in his dream. Hence the name of the region, "Stairway to God."

Priorat has a rich gastronomic offer, with traditional dishes and sweets that are typical of the region. To enjoy its innumerable attractions, there are many guesthouses to make you feel at home.

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