Catalonia's Priorat was renowned for wine, since 12th century Carthusian monks planted vineyards in the majestically rugged region. In the mid-20th century it had fallen out of favour due to an ageing population and its vineyards neglected. As the story of "Priorat's miracle" goes, a group of friends rediscovered the vineyards, refreshed them, made some wine and took it to a restaurant in Paris, which led to attention that grew steadily throughout the '90s. In 2000 the Spanish government granted the Priorat local quality DOQ status alongside Rioja and the region continues to go from strength to strength.
Terra Dominicata, a new Priorat luxury stay, has just opened in a 12th century monastery, with an estate that has its own winery, olive grove and vegetable farm, all restored from the originals. All up, it has 130 hectares of grounds that include a lovely pool.
The 26-room property spans two historic buildings with as much of the original architecture maintained as possible. Hence, no two rooms are the same and are decorated in an elegant, soft and contemporary style that frames the glorious natural environment of the Monstant Natural Park in which the hotel sits.