Saving a river for the wines and well being of Priorat

by  |  20-10-2015

Anyone who visits the winemaking region of DOQ Priorat in Catalonia these days will notice a number of handmade signs dotting the region that state, “Volem lo riu Siurana viu” which in Catalan means, “We want the Siurana River alive”. Originating in the Prades Mountains, the Siurana River snakes across the county of Priorat passing through both the DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant appellations. There is a reservoir which wraps around the scenic clifftop village of Siurana from which the river takes its name after which there is a diversion near the next village of Poboleda. From this point on the river is dry in Priorat as the water is piped out to the neighboring county of Baix Camp and stored in the Riudecanyes Resevoir. This diversion was built in 1934 despite heavy local protests but ultimately Baix Camp, with its much higher population (currently 190,000 vs. Priorat’s 9,000) won […]
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