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 Baja 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
Álvaro Palacios was born into a family whose history of winemaking spans 350 years. In the last 20-30 years, Palacios has become widely regarded as Spain’s finest winemaker; with the exception of Peter Sisseck (Pingus) and Mariano Garcia (Vega Sicilia). One of Alvaro’s big decisions as a grower and winemaker was to return in 1999 to his family bodega Palacios Remondo, located in Rioja Baja. He had just spent some time making a name for himself in Priorat but wanted 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 it is under Álvaro’s leadership that the winery really took off and started to produce some of the most respected wines of the Rioja Baja region…albeit probably best described as unconventional at the time for they were not made the traditional way!
A blend of 88% Grenache and 22% Tempranillo grown in a single vineyard on the slopes Mount Yerga.
La Montesa is a food-friendly wine that goes with just about anything: burgers, barbecue, tapas, paella, grilled meats.