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Álvaro Palacios

The winery Bodegas Álvaro Palacios is located in the municipality of Gratallops in the Spanish DOCa area Priorato (Catalonia). It was founded in 1989 by Álvaro Palacios, descended from a long-established Rioja family, who had been practicing viticulture since the mid-19th century. After the study of oenology in Bordeaux he had at the wineries Château Pétrus in Bordeaux and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars worked in the Napa Valley and then traded with barrique barrels. Then he decided to produce a world class wine. As a "young, wild winemaker" Palacios coined together with René Barbier of the winery Clos Mogador under the guidance of biologist Professor José Luis Pérez from the early 1990s, the success of the new area. The own vineyards cover 35 hectares, which after ecological and biodynamic Be managed.

Álvaro Palacios became famous with his "L'Ermita" wine, named after a five-hectare single vineyard, which comes from an average of 90-year-old vines with a maximum yield of ten hectoliters per hectare. It is blended from Garnatxa = Garnacha Tinta (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Carineña (5%) and aged for 20 months in new French 500-liter oak barrels. He is also used in large format bottles such as Magnum (1.5 liters), but also Jeroboam (4.5 liters = 6 x 0.75 l) bottled. The wine counts with the Dominio de Pingus among the most expensive red wines of Spain. Outstanding vintages are 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. The second wine is also named after a single location "Finca Dofí". It is blended from Garnatxa and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as some Carineña, Merlot and Syrah. A third wine purchased from Garnatxa, Carineña and Cabernet Sauvignon is called "Les Terrasses".

After the death of his father in 2000 Álvaro Palacios took over the family estate Palacios Remondo in Alfaro in the Rioja area, Two years earlier, he had together with Ricardo Perez the winery Descendientes de José Palacios in the area Bierzo founded in Castilla-Leon. In 2015 he received from Decanter Magazine the title "Man of the Year". His brother Rafael Palacios operates the eponymous winery in the area valdeorras in Galicia.

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