Spanish Wines from Regions You Need to Know - Montsant

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MONTSANT

A recent DO in Cataluna, North East Spain, set in the mountainous zone surrounding the famous Priorat region. Its wines are much more reasonably priced, using largely old vine Garnacha (Grenache) and Carinena (Carignan) grapes producing similar wines to its more famous neighbour. Value

 Capçanes is a small village of 400 people hidden in the hills of Catalan countryside inland from Tarragona, it exists mostly for its co-operative - Celler de Capçanes – This beloved co-operative, grows olives, a little cereal but mostly grapes.  It has around 220 hectares of vineyard Capçanes, and it almost certainly has more old vine Garnacha than the whole of Priorat. Lauded some years ago by the International Herald Tribune as one of the best co-ops in the world (‘One of Spain’s Top Co-ops’ – Hugh Johnson), Capçanes was at the forefront of the movement to revitalise the wine production and economy of the Priorat region. There are around 70 families involved in the co-op and the management take their wellbeing to heart. 

Celler de Capçanes, Mas Donis Rosat, DO Montsant, Spain - Delightful pink from DO Montsant - our wine of the summer.

Celler de Capçanes, Mas Donis Negre, DO Montsant, Spain – Tempranillo blend, with lovely fruit and spices, long and subtle

Celler de Capçanes, Mas Collet, DO Montsant, Spain - A mini-Priorat- fruit driven and luscious. Decanter 90, Jancis Robinson 16.5/20