The journey for Viñas de Alange and its winery began in 1999, Palacio Quemado is the result of the combined inspiration of the Alvear and the Losada Serra family - owners of the beautiful Palacio Quemado estate located in the Extremadura DO of Ribera Guadiana.
The Ribera del Guadiana is divided into six viticultural sub-zones that together comprise the full character of Extremaduran wines: Montánchez, Cañamero, Ribera Alta, Ribera Baja, Matanegra & Tierra de Barros.
Barra Extremadura is located in the central area of the Badajoz province, between the Vega Del Guadiana and the Sierra Morena foothills or Tierra de Barros. The area is characterized by its reddish clay-rich soil and here lays the 4000 hectare estate called Palacio Quemado, a privileged plot of land in the municipality of Alange at some 520 meters above sea level. Despite the size of the property, only one hundred hectares are actually planted with vines, namely: tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon, garnacha and syrah.
Palacio Quemado originated with the objective to focus on creating top-notch wines aged slowly in wood barrels. To ensure the degree of quality and excellence that differentiates great wines, an exhaustive grape selection process and strict yield control of the vineyard have been implemented, placing quality above quantity.
The continental climate of the Spanish Central Plateau extends over Extremadura, but it is softened by the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Winters are mild and summers are hot, with many hours of sunshine reaching temperatures above 30ºCentigrade (80ºF). The relatively low rainfall levels mostly occur in autumn and winter. Clay soil with high lime content is prevalent in the area. The climate and the soil combined together create a setting that is ideal to make high quality wines.