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Clos Dominic S.L.

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Clos Dominic S.L.

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Gerry M wrote a review Nov 2019
Sitges, Spain167 contributions62 helpful votes
It's difficult to know where to begin, as the whole experience beginning to end was such a pleasure. That was very much as a result of our wonderful guide/owner Paco, who took us first to the slopes where their vines grow (spectacular views btw). This part of the visit really helps you to understand the complexities involved in producing Priorat wines. Then to the bodega, which by industrial standards is small, that's because it's not industrial, everything is hand done, from growing to picking to bottling. I can't recommend a visit to this Bodega enough, which is run by passionate hard working individuals, who make you feel right art home. I'll definitely be re-visiting with friends in the future. BTW, I did the tour in Spanish, so I can't vouch for the level of English provided on tours here. Thanks to Paco and the team, Gerry.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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RedMountainAVA wrote a review Oct 2018
Seattle, Washington180 contributions52 helpful votes
We booked the roughly 2-hour tour and tasting for 8 euros each and drove to the sleepy town of Porrera for the visit on a Tuesday afternoon. It was a little bit difficult to find parking and to find the actual winery, but didn’t take us long. We were met by Dominic and Paco and headed off to the vineyard first. Although my Spanish (and subsequently, Catalan) is poor, Dominic spoke English well enough for us to understand fairly easily, but we always feel bad that people have to cater to English speakers. Spanish lessons, here I come. The vineyard tour was really neat, as it seemed so serene right after a little bit of morning rainfall. We walked through the cabernet and merlot vines first (20-ish years old), and then to the carignan and grenache (garnatxa in Catalan) vines which were over 100 years old on a fairly steep hillside of slate (licorella). We tried a few of the grapes along the way and also spotted some of the white varietals mixed in with the others, which is how vineyards were planted many years ago. Ask lots of questions and learn about this wonderful wine region. After the vineyard we headed back and did a quick tour of the small processing room and went down to the small cave beneath the winery for the tasting that included some small bites (Iberian ham, bread, etc.). We tried four wines overall – the first being a nearly full-bodied white with pleasant aromas that would make an excellent food-pairing wine (~15e). The second was a cabernet, grenache, and carignan blend (~22e) and the third was a similar red with merlot rather than cabernet. The final wine was all old-vine grenache and carignan that was balanced, rounded, and had a lengthy finish along with some wonderful fruit and floral aromas (~35e). This was one of the best wines we tasted during our trip, and I regret not purchasing some due to space restrictions (note, shipping from anywhere in Spain back to the US is VERY expensive – 90e at minimum per case, but we typically saw it being over 100e, which is over 8e per bottle more). Overall this was probably the best value for tour and tasting on our entire trip. It’s not the easiest location to get to, but the vineyard tour is peaceful and informative, and the wines are decently priced for the quality. Wish we could buy these in the US, but unfortunately, they do not export that far.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Itacacat wrote a review Oct 2018
Porrera, Spain10 contributions
Visit to the vineyards just outside the village, and, of course, tasting of their excellent wines. Small family buisness, producing really superb quality wines.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Tine M wrote a review Oct 2017
Tromso, Norway227 contributions59 helpful votes
We loved it and it is worth going - You taste their wine and you go to the fields too. The small village is so cute- Keep some extra time to see it -ONLY thing - Maybe they should not charge you money when you buy wine from them? We had a person on our team buying a lot and he still had to pay the 8 euros:)
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Date of experience: October 2017
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nic0lelarsen wrote a review Aug 2017
Elburn, Illinois3 contributions
Paco is the husband of Dominic and co-owner of Clos Dominic. Dominic is a wonderfully quirky woman. When we made this stop (2 of 3), we didn't go to the room where they press and make the wines first (we did that later), he drove us out to the vineyards and we shared a walk up the hills into the scenery. You stop along the way to taste hazelnuts, almonds and pears that are planted amongst the vines along the way. Paco points out the vines that are over 100 years old and you become overwhelmed with a sense of history on the grounds. By the way, the scenery is spectacular as well. Slate is the makeup of the mountain, so you can see evidence of the vines' roots pushing their way through the terrain to dig in. You learn that they go up to 25 meters deep to get the nutrients they need to survive. Then Paco drives you back into town and you go into the actual winery. You will see that they press and hold the wine in small tanks because it is all done on site, by hand, by the owners. Even the bottling and labeling is done by hand. At last, you will walk down stairs into a cool, warmly lit room and taste the results of a thoughtful and carefully treated process. These are bold red wines, indigenous to the area, and they have learned over many years how to blend the grapes to create a wine drinking experience like no other. These are the smoothest drinking bold wines I've ever had. Complexity is outstanding. Enjoy the bite of the garnacha and the smooth finish of the carinyena. This winery has figured out the recipe from vine to bottle of a tremendous wine drinking experience. My husband and I visited with a guide (travelpriorat.com) who arranged our tasting and vineyard tour. There are of course fees for the tasting (8 euro/person) but Dominic provided bread, cheese and the olive oil they press as well.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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