Costers del Priorat
Costers del Priorat's wines emphasize nuance and elegance over power, a philosophical departure from the strong, tannic wines that once defined Priorat. The blended cuvées paint a broad picture of the landscape, while the single vineyard wines showcase the individual microclimates of this diverse appellation.
In 2007, Winemaker Jose Mas Barberà joined Costers del Priorat, a joint venture between a grower in Belmunt del Priorat and a family from Penedés. In the beginning, the winery worked a single vineyard called Sant Martá planted in 1939. Since its founding in 2002, the winery has expanded, and now has vineyards in El Molar, Bellmunt, and Torroja del Priorat.
The cellar lies in El Molar to the southeast of the appellation. The surrounding vineyards vary from slate to alluvial and are planted with mostly Garnacha. In Bellmunt, to the northwest, the winery owns a parcel of Samsó (Carignan) planted in 1934. The single vineyard wine, Clos Cypres, comes from this parcel with the rest of the grapes going into the winery's two introductory cuvées. Their nothernmost parcel is in the village Torroja del Priorat, a high elevation site planted in 1939 composed of steep, terraced vineyards. In the past, wine from this site was blended into several wines we imported. We are excited to be back, working with a winery that can express the true potential of this renowned site.