Approved as a DO at
a regional level in autumn 2001, this young
denomination has rapidly acquired considerable
prestige. The vineyards fall in
spectacularly beautiful hilly country, sharing the slopes
with almond and olive groves and pines. The land forms a
horseshoe around Priorato,
but the wines here have a clear identity of their own.
Production is divided between cooperatives and family
bodegas, which are often advised by
trained young oenologists.