Hello Priorat wine fans! As a follow-up to our recent blog where we interviewed the co-owner and winemaker, Albert Costa, of Celler Vall Llach about the 2012 harvest, we now would like to help him celebrate the release of the winery’s brand new stellar old-vine wine called ‘Porrera,’ which is named after the village where the winery is located.
Following in the tradition of the Vins du Village in Burgundy, France, the new Vins de Vila of Priorat allow the name of the village to be used when naming a wine, as long as 100% of the grapes in the wine were grown within the boundaries of that municipality. Celler Vall Llach created their Porrera Vi de Vila to be a wine of the highest quality and a homage to the people of the village – a village that has embraced the winery and now defines its spirit.
So, what makes the village of Porrera so unique you might ask?
First of all, it’s year of foundation: 1204
Secondly it’s tiny, where the number of inhabitants = 485
Thirdly, ¼ of its population grows grapes! The number of Porrera grape growers who lie within the DOQ Priorat: 91
Also, only a fraction of its land is actually covered with vines, the other major crops from the region, almonds and hazelnuts, dominate the landscape. Land under vine: Of the 2,800ha within the Porrera municipality, 386 are planted with vines (13.8%).
You may have also heard about the famous soil type in Priorat called ‘Llicorella,’ and Porrera has some of the hardest slate found in Priorat. Where the rock & soil composition = Silty & granitized slate, with only a very small top layer of actual soil, typically 5 to 20 cm thick.
And what about the climate? Lying only 19.3 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Porrera’s weather is significantly influenced by the Med, experiencing more humidity and typically more rain (avg. 550mm annually) than other regions of Priorat.
And finally, Porrera’s vines are located at a relatively high elevation compared to other parts of Spain. Altitude: The village lies at 316m above sea level and its vineyards are planted between 200 and 600m.
And with all of that said, we celebrate the opportunity to assist Albert in Introducing the new Porrera Vi de Vila de Vall Llach…
A tribute to a village, its townspeople and its indigenous old-vines, the Porrera Vi de Vila is a blend of 70% old-vine Cariñena & 30% old-vine Garnacha. With black currant, balsamic, fresh almond and forest herb aromas found on the nose, the wine on the palate is tasty and expressive with silky tannins and an interminable finish. The 100% estate-owned fruit for Porrera Vi de Vila is sourced from 4 vineyards and on a tour with Niso Wine Tours we can take you on a VIP tour of each vineyard site, tasting grapes (and the region’s delicious almonds and hazelnuts!) along the way. This one-of-a-kind vineyard tour will then be followed by a private barrel sampling of the old-vine Cariñena & Garnacha aging in casks, culminating with superb tasting of the finished wine in bottle, along with Vall Llach’s other award-winning wines. If we’ve peaked your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more wine tour spain information.
A tu salud!