Alvaro Palacios is one of the most important producers in the Priorat area in Spain. We are in the presence of ancient vineyards with a strong temperament and vitality. Here we perceive the age-old work of farmers, the commitment of draft animals.
Spirit and hardness, patience and passion, light and rigor. All the connotations of history, commitment and geography are sublimated in wines with a round structure and fresh minerality.
Gratallops is born from a blend of organic red wine from Garnacha, Samsó (Cariñena) and other white varieties.
Upon reaching the cellar, the bunches are de-stemmed and lightly trampled. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in small wooden vats with the application of periodic punching.
The resulting wine is aged between 16 and 18 months in oval vats and French oak bocoyes, a kind of large barrel.
An elegant and warm wine like the Spanish land.
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Rosso rubino con riflessi violacei.
Intensi sentori floreali che ricordano la rosa, note fruttate, tocchi speziati.
Al sorso è morbido, fresco, di buona struttura e persistenza.
Alvaro Palacios comes from a prestigious wine family, from La Rioja. He could have secured a prime position in the family winery, the world famous Palacios Remondo. However, being the dynamic visionary that he is, he decided to go out in the wine world and make his own way. He studied enology in Bordeaux and had the enviable job of working under Pomerol superstar Châteaus Pétrus winemaker Jean Pierre Moueix. When he returned 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 on what is 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.