Penedès and Priorat in pictures

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Safely stowed in Priorat, we paid a visit to historic winery Scala Dei, meaning ladder of God. The estate dates back to the 12th century when Carthusian monks introduced vine growing into the region.

At the helm now is chief winemaker Ricard Rofes, who treated us to a fascinating comparative tasting of a pair of Garnachas grown on clay and slate soils. The difference between them was astounding, proving the existence and importance of terroir if you ever doubted it.

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