Álvaro Palacios – Alfaro (exclusive only for latest en primeur release)

About the producer

Álvaro made a big decision, as a grower and winemaker, to return in 1999 to his family bodega Palacios Remondo, located in Rioja Oriental. He had just spent some time making a name for himself in Priorat but sought to return to his roots, on the condition that the future direction of the winery was up to him. Palacios Remondo was originally founded in 1948, but since coming under Álvaro’s leadership the winery has taken off and started to produce some of the most respected wines of the Rioja Oriental region, albeit best described as unconventional at the time, as they were not made the traditional way.
Despite the ‘invasion’ of Tempranillo plantings everywhere in Rioja in the late 1980s, Álvaro stood firm in his belief in Garnacha, not least because he knew that the hotter, drier climate of Rioja Oriental was better suited to this variety. Current plantings at the bodega are 70% Garnacha and 30% Tempranillo, but the proportion of Tempranillo is steadily decreasing.
Propriedad is the flagship cuvée of the bodega and comes from different vineyards; Corral de Serrano, Valtomelloso, Valviejo, Valmira and Las Mulgas. The vineyards are dry-farmed, mainly clay-based and found on gentle slopes in the vicinity of the Yerga mountain, at an altitude of 400m–640m.


With a focus on Garnacha, the vineyards are dry-farmed and planted to predominantly clay-based soils and found on gentle slopes in the vicinity of the Yerga mountain, at an altitude of 400m–640m.


The grapes are hand harvested in the early hours of the morning, in order to retain vibrant aromatics, and undergo de-stemming before starting their alcoholic fermentation in wood. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in large oak vats. The wine is aged for approximately 14 months in 50% new French oak and bottled without filtration.


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