ALVARO PALACIOS Gratallops 2009

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ALVARO PALACIOS Gratallops 2009

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  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Region: Priorat
  • Code: APG
  • Appellation: Priorat
  • Country: Spain

Region Priorat


This tiny region on the Catalonian coastal hinterland produces some of Spain’s most prestigious red wines. The region has only 1,800 ha of vines covering steep terraces and plateaus up to 900m featuring both granite based soils and unique shale based ”llicorella” soils. Priorat experiences warm to hot days with cool evenings producing wines of great intensity, colour and ripeness. Over the past 20 years, Priorat’s vineyards planted to Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, have been slowly revived with great success, producing a new wave of powerful, rich reds, some with generous new oak characters.


Alvaro Palacios is one of Spain’s most significant and influential producers, credited for being one of the pioneers that assisted in the resurrection of Priorat as a wine region. Alvaro came from a winemaking family in Rioja but completed his oenology studies in Bordeaux while working under Jean-Pierre Moueix at Chateau Pétrus. In 1989, he made the decision to set up in Priorat. Almost from the start, his wines were met with great international acclaim, helping to raise global awareness of Priorat as a region. In 1998, intrigued by the potential of the Bierzo region, Alvaro and his nephew Picardo Perez formed a joint venture called Descendientes de J Palacios making superb Mencia based wines from a variety of terroirs.