Bodega Palacio Quemado is owned by he Alvear family of Bodegas Alvear in D.O. Montilla-Moriles.
The Alvear family founded Palacio Quemado in 1999, with the intention of exploring and championing the unique terroir and indigenous varieties of the land of Extremadura, located in the Spanish south-west. Their relationship with Envinate, a young and dynamic winemaking team that works all over Spain, has grown for many years. La Zarcita is one of two wines that Alvear produces in conjunction with Envinate at the Palacio Quemado estate, where the team of Envinate has produced their own label for quite some time. The philosophy of the wine - La Zarcita is to blend different indigenous varieties from the single Palacio Quemado estate to produce a young and fresh expression of the terroir of Extremadura. While the philosophy of the second wine - Los Acilates is to produce an honest and fresh expression of a single plot within the estate, planted with heritage indigenous varieties.
The Vineyards are located near Alange, within the region of Extremadura. Several varietals including Trincadeira Prieta, Touriga Nacional, Garnacha Tintorera and Syrah are all grown on the estate, which was first planted in 1999.
The vines are situated on rolling hillsides at elevations of 1105 ft. above sea level and enjoy a continental climate that is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Guyot training is applied. Exhaustive manual field work, dividing the vineyard into small sub-plots, which are managed in an individualized manner. Sustainable viticulture without the use of harmful fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, irrigation, or fertilizers.