Alvaro Palacios

Alvaro Palacios

Alvaro Palacios is one of the most important winemakers in Spain

Alvaro Palacios is one of Spain's absolutely best winemakers and the producer of one of the most famous wines in Europe, the legendary L'Ermita wine, a wine that costs more than 600 € the bottle! Alvaro Palacios works in various wine districts in Spain, but is most famous for his work in Priorat

Palacios comes from a family of wine growers in Rioja, the famous Spanish wine district in the north of Spain. But early he went to Priorat and began to make wine here, and it is here that he has reached fame.

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As a young aprentice he spent time in Bordeux at the famous Pomerol wine estate Château Petrus, and in his best wines the heritage from the Bordeux district can be noted in the strong, tosted taste.

Priorat and L'Ermita

In 1989, when Alvaro Palacios was 25 years old he left behind Rioja. He sold his car and his motorbike, and came to Priorat. After working a few years in Proirat, in 1993 he bought the vineyard of 1,7 hactares, L'Ermita (La Ermita in Spanish): "la bonita Ermita" as Palacios calls it. It is located close to Gratallops, home to the best wine makers in the Priorat.

La Ermita estate turns north-west, and not south as is the case of most vineyards. But as Palacios says, the best wines in the Priorat comes from the shady areas, because of the quantity of light. La Ermita is a shady vineyard, with just the right quantity of sun and light. Maybe the Ermita Wine estate has the best vines in all of Priorat. However, the yield is very low, and so is the production. The vines are mostly Garnacha- (Grenache) going back to the 1940-ies.

Palacios and the wines

Below you will find a list of Alvaro Palacios most important wines, divided into the different wine regions where he works.


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