This winery, located in Tierra de Barros in Extremadura, is the result of a partnership between the Losada Serra family, owners of a big agricultural holding in the area, and the Alvear family, who has been producing wine in Montilla-Moriles since the 18th century. Wines are made under the DO Ribera del Guadiana and VT Extremadura category.
Vineyards were planted between 2001 and 2003 mostly with tempranillo, some foreign grapes like syrah or cabernet sauvignon, and local varieties grown on both sides of the border with Portugal. There are approximately 92 hectares of vines grown on a chalky bed rock 1.5m deep with red clay on the surface, some sandy plots and chalky outcrops on higher areas. The gently undulating terrain brings many different sun exposures.
Between 2010 and 2019, the Envínate team formed by Alfonso Torrente, José Martínez, Laura Ramos and Roberto Santana were in charge of winemaking. These maverick oenologists have also been behind the wines of Suertes del Marqués in Tenerife, Bodegas Almanseñas in Almansa and developed the Tres Miradas range for Alvear in Montilla-Moriles. They fostereed long-cycle, well-adapted grape varieties which can cope well with the area’s high temperatures and may bring some freshness to the wines. Along with Alicante Bouschet and Graciano, Portugal’s Trincadeira and Touriga Nacional were favoured.
Wine making techniques include the use of indigenous yeasts, occasionally whole bunch fermentation, and the use of 500l. casks or even large foudres for aging wines. Cement is also being introduced for both fermentation and aging.
Two wines reflect particularly well the new style of fruit-driven, aromatic, fresh reds: La Zarcita (€8 in Spain), named after a stream crossing the farm, and the single-vineyard Los Acilates (around €15). Both of them are sold under the VT Extremadura category in Burgundy-shaped bottles.
The classic range includes young Tempranillo PQ Primicia (€5.5, 70,000 bottles); Palacio Quemado Crianza (around €6, 300,000 bottles), a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet; and Palacio Quemado Reserva (€10 in Spain, 13,000 bottles) which blends Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them are labelled as DO Ribera del Guadiana in Bordeaux-shaped bottles.
Wine tours and tastings are available by appointment.