Established in 1995, as Celler Viella de la Cartoixa, by Francesc Sanchez-Bas, an Agricultural Engineer whose task it was to establish Organic Viticultural Practices for the Spanish Government. At this time there were only 12 other wineries in Priorat, and before Palacios and Barbier helped propel the region onto the global wine scene.
For many years, Francesc supplied grapes to other wineries in Priorat, before starting his own production under the Cartoixa de Montsalvat name. Working with ancient estate vineyards planted in the unique “Llicorella” Priorat soil (Paleozoic bedrock consisting of carboniferous slate with particles of mica and quartzite that reflects sunlight and retains heat), on steep and mineral-rich mountain slopes, the winery makes high-quality, rich and elegant Priorat D.O.Q. wines from Grenache and Carignan, establishing a new benchmark for excellence in the region