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The Bodegas Álvaro Palacios winery is located in the municipality of Gratallops in the Spanish DOCa area of Priorato (Catalonia). It was founded in 1989 by Álvaro Palacios, who descends from an old-established Rioja family that had been growing grapes here since the mid-19th century. After studying oenology in Bordeaux, he had worked at the wineries Château Pétrus in Bordeaux and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley and then traded in barrique barrels. Then he decided to produce a world-class wine. As a "young, wild winemaker", Palacios, together with René Barbier from the Clos Mogador winery, shaped the success of the new field from the early 1990s onwards under the guidance of Professor José Luis Pérez, a biologist with a doctorate. The estate's own vineyards cover 35 hectares of vines, which are cultivated according to ecological and biodynamic principles.

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