Scala Dei are THE wine of the Priorat with the D.O.C being built around Scala Dei Cartoixa which is still produced today. Founded in the 12th Century by Cartesian monks who were trying to settle around Montsant (the Holy Mountain), local shepherds told them that at night they could see the Angels climbing God’s stairs to meet him (Scala Dei – Ladder of God). So they settled and started making wine and the name was born. In the late 19th century the first wine referencing Priorat was produced by them and called “Priorato de Scala Dei”, it was sent to Paris and received gold. Fast forward some years and the DO is created for one wine only, Scala Dei Cartoixa. It is for this reason that every single bottle of wine produced in the DOC Priorat has the logo of Scala Dei on the bottle, whether it be from Franck Massard or Alvaro Palacios. They truly are the singular founder of the region.