Monsant DOQ is a Spanish Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP) (Denominació d’Origen Protegida in Catalan) in the province of Tarragona in the southern part of Catalonia. Montsant (Catalan pronunciation: [munˈsan]) surrounds the Priorat DOQ but is lower lying and, says Andrew Jefford, lies on ‘generally limey soils, lighter in both colour and texture’ compared to Priorat whose soils are based on slate or schist. The name Monsant derives from Holy Mountain, referring to the Carthusian monks who arrived here in the 12th century, and settled ‘in the furthest recesses of the region, hard up against the cliffs of MontSant [calling] the spot they chose for their fragile little chartreuse [single storey building] Escaladei, or “God’s Ladder” (‘High ambition’ by Andrew Jefford, Decanter, March 2018, p.48).

Towns (12): Bellmunt del Priorat. | Gratallops. | El Lloar. | La Morera de Montsant. | Masos de Falset. | Porrera. | Poboleda. | Scala Dei. | Solanes del Molar. | Torroja del Priorat. | La Vilella Alta. | La Vilella Baixa. |


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