Born to the owners of Bodegas Palacios Remondo in Rioja, Alvaro Palacios studied and worked in Bordeaux, including an influential stint at Château Pétrus in Pomerol. He returned to Spain on a quest for unique terroir and found it in Priorat, in northeast Spain, where he reclaimed abandoned ancient vineyards on steep, slate terraces.
Along with the “Gang of 5,” led by René Barbier in the ’90s, Alvaro helped to establish Priorat as one of Spain’s top-quality wine regions. Over time, he purchased some of the best vineyard sites in the area, including Finca Dofi and L’Ermita, which are dry farmed with biodynamic methods. The focus is increasingly on the native grapes Garnacha and Carignan, with an intriguing balance of power and elegance in the wines.