During our visit to the Priorat wine region near Barcelona, we had the chance to do a tour and wine tasting at Mas Doix Estate Vineyards. While the current winery was established by the Doix & Llagostera family in 1998, the art of winemaking has been in the Doix family since 1850. The latest generations of the family have reinstated the tradition started by Juan Doix’s grandfather over 160 years ago.
The winery is located in Poboleda, a small town located about 30 km. northwest of Reus. The ride to the town is picturesque, and you pass through the rolling hills and vineyards of Mas Doix and others on your way there. Once we arrived in Poboleda, we were greeted at the winery by Sandra Doix, the great-granddaughter of the vineyard’s founder, and the head winemaker for Mas Doix.
Sandra began the tour by taking us directly to where the Mas Doix journey begins: in the vineyards. As we walked through the meticulously laid-out vines, we learned about the history of the vines and the challenges they face in growing grapes in a region with climates that vary greatly, and where there is hardly any rain at all during the summer months.
We mentioned in a prior posting about the unique soil in this region, known as llicorella in Catalan. Sandra grabbed a handful of the soil and showed us how the handful of what looked like stones could be easily crushed and reduced to mere dust. It is this unique soil that allows for the deepest roots of the vines to get irrigated, even when there is little rainfall.
We got back into Sandra’s SUV and headed back to the winery for the moment we had been waiting…the wine tasting. Rather than provide a tasting from a selection of open bottles, Sandra explained that they want guests to taste an unopened bottle to get the full bouquet and experience of the wine as it opens up, just as you would at home or at a restaurant. Since we were familiar with the Mas Doix label, which is a limited production wine that is made from the oldest vines (between 80 and 105 years old), we opted to taste a bottle of Salanques 2006 so we could try the “second label” from this highly acclaimed winery. They describe this wine as “Balance, intensity and purity. Transmits the authentic character or Priorat”, and in our tasting the wine certainly lived up to every word of that description, as well as the 92 rating from Wine Spectator.
To arrange a visit to Mas Doix they recommend that you contact them at least four to six weeks in advance. Their contact information, along with the family history of this outstanding winery can be found on their website at masdoix.com.
To read the next post in this series, click here.
To read the first post in this series, click here.
Photo credit: © Christopher Pappas · All rights reserved.
As usual, thanks for reading. Please visit International Lodging Corporation at our home page.