Surrounded, isolated and protected by the Montsant Mountains, the Priorat thrives through the richness of its biodiversity. Historically many have found refuge here, from the Moors to the Carthusians. Nature has found its sanctuary here too. In the silence you can hear nature breathing, everything moving in the synchronized rhythm of life.
Diversity is necessary for forming the enduring balance of existence. Genetic diversity, species diversity and ecological diversity — each plays its part in healthy survival. Plants absorb gases that cause global warming, and many of our medicines come from plants. Diverse plants, animals, birds and bugs provide food not only for people but for each other.
Vines are only one part of the greater ecosystem in the Priorat. In addition there are 1,260 plants, including 100 types of vegetable and many rare and endemic species; 183 fungi (though sadly, only six or seven are edible); 530 insects, including a myriad of butterflies; 16 reptiles; 153 birds, including eight endangered Bonelli's eagles; and 22 mammals, including wild boar, rabbits, rodents and bats.
During the boom of the 1880s, a great deal of forest land was planted to vines. The economic downturn and depopulation that followed allowed the forest to overgrow and restore a biodiverse balance before it was too late. Forests are in a constant state of decay, creating organic matter in which other plants flourish and the continuity of life is sustained. Fortunately, people today recognize the treasure in the Priorat's biodiversity as well as in its wines.
Within the silence, nature becomes animate with life stories as relevant as those of humankind. The biodiversity of the region is part of what makes the wines unique.
Ethos Priorat is vividly panoramic. It is best viewed in landscape format to fully enjoy the experience.