Priorat: from tradition to hi-tech to terroir
When the International Wine Academy, the august Geneva-based institution, first visited Catalonia two decades ago, its members didn’t make it to Priorat: the roads were bad in 1994, accommodation almost non-existent, and even if the wines had begun making a comeback, they were considered little more than a sideshow. But these wines did get tasted on the last day of a trek across parts of France and Spain that had taken the keepers of the sacred flame of wine traditions south from Banyuls. And right there, in a bare room at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, the first academic discussions on what Priorat should or shouldn’t be like took place. The discussions are still going on today.