The host of innovative winemakers operating within Spain has been a significant factor in the country’s success in recent years, hardy individuals unafraid to challenge centuries-old tradition, or preserve it where there is benefit in doing so.
Leading the pack has been the charismatic and talented Alvaro Palacios, a perfectionist with a boundless energy for forging new vinous pathways and inserting fingers into a variety of pies. He replanted old vineyards and got working with Garnacha, a grape he considers "the only variety that transforms heat and aridity into a beautiful, refreshing liquid."
His vision took off when, in 1993, he brought the tiny L’Ermita vineyard and found himself producing a global smash. His Finca Dofi and L'Ermita vineyards are farmed biodynamically, and all of the wines are bottled without filtration. While the family winery in Rioja and his interests in Bierzo demand his attention, his weekly excursion to Priorat to address the range marketed under his own name is clearly a homecoming.