Montsant is a relatively young Spanish wine region but a very promising one. It was established as D.O. (“Denominación de Origen“) in 2001. It is located in the Southern part of Catalonia, in the Northeast of the Peninsula. It is a relatively small D.O. with 2,000 hectares planted and a producers structure consisting of small cellars and a couple of large (for Montsant standards) cooperatives. Montsant has been growing in popularity and wine experts recognition during the last 10 years, not only since it is adjacent and neighbour to Priorat (one of the most famous Spanish wine regions capable of producing top-notch wines) but because high quality wines and producers have been appearing in Montsant ever since it became a D.O. Montsant means “Sacred Mountain” in Catalan, and actually the main planted area for vineyards is located in a valley that is facing the mountain that gives name to the D.O.

Soils in Montsant range from calcareous soils to clay (most of them) and slate (“llicorella” in Catalan, which is a kind of soil composed of quartz and slate and more common to be found in neighbour Priorat). The climate influence in Montsant is Mediterranean (Falset, the region’s biggest town is located about 15 miles inland from the sea) but with important Continental influence coming from inland Spain (cold winds from the west that come from Northwest Spain and that travel through the channel that the Montsant mountain and the Llaberia mountains form in the region). The combination of cold nights at Winter and Autumn with relatively warm and dry climate during the Spring and Summer times allows grape to ripen fully but maintaining high levels of natural acidity at the same time.

A lot of people refer to Montsant as “Baby Priorat”, in the sense that the 2 wine regions are next to each other and share common soil, grape varieties and climate characteristics. Moreover, some renowned Priorat producers (as René Barbier who is known for producing the Top Class Clos Mogador wines in Priorat) invested in buying vineyards and producing wines in neighbour Montsant during the 90′s and early 2000′s. However, at de Vinos we believe that Priorat and Montsant wines are different and that is worth trying wines from both regions and comparing them. Generally speaking, Priorat wines will be darker in colour, with more advanced aromas and fuller bodied than those of Montsant and this is mainly because there is a higher percentage of “llicorella” (slate soils) found in Priorat, a type of soil that retains heat very well and allows for prolonged grape ripeness.

Wines from this Region

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Bri 2010 Montsant de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Bri 2010 Montsant

Region Montsant

Producer Celler de l'Era

Variety Garnacha,
Mazuelo / Cariñena,
Cabernet Sauvignon

Type Red


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