Spanish Wineries By Region

Alvaro Palacios is from a prestigious wine family in La Rioja. Although he could have secured a prime position in the family winery, the world famous Palacios Remondo, being something of a dynamic visionary, he decided to go out in the wine world and make his own way. Alvaro studied enology in Bordeaux and had the enviable job of working under Pomerol superstar Châteaus Pétrus winemaker Jean Pierre Moueix. On returning to Spain, he founded his own winery in 1989 in the Mediterranean wine region of Priorat, south of Barcelona in Tarragona. Together with respected winemaker René Barbier and a few others, they ventured out into what has been called the \"Gratallops Project\", named after the scenic Priorat village where the wines are made. The group bought the vineyards together and shared vinification facilities until they each set up their own estates. Alvaro’s aim, it is commonly said, was to make a wine somewhere in between Chateaux Pétrus and Grange. He has achieved incredible praise for his three wines, Finca Dofí, L\'Ermita and Les Terrasses . Alvaro, along with Peter Sisseck at Pingus in Ribera del Duero and Telmo Rodriguez of Toro wines, are considered to be the \"new generation\" of Spanish winemakers. Alvaro’s wines have won him cult status and are absolutely raved about in wine magaziness. John Radford, Spanish wine specialist, says: \"To sum up: Les Terrasses is excellent, Finca Dofí is outstanding and L\'Ermita is unbelievable\". Alvaro Palacios Address: Afores, s/n, 43737, Gratallops, Tarragona, Spain Tel: +34 977 839 195 Fax: +34 977 839 197 Email: alvaropalacios@ctv.es