Grupo Bodegas Palacio joins North South Wines familyWritten on 02.03.2021, 10:00
From 1st March, North South Wines will be the exclusive UK distributor of Grupo Bodegas Palacio wines. North South Wines will distribute four of the group´s brands - three from Rioja Alavesa: premium high altitude and old vines, Cosme Palacio, modern Rioja Glorioso, the traditional style, Castillo Rioja which will be an independent-exclusive; and the group’s Ribera del Duero golden-mile brand, Viña Mayor.
With over 125 years’ experience of crafting high quality wines, Bodegas Palacio is a pioneering and progressive winery, with wines that are a unique example of harmony, balance and expressivity. Founded in 1894 by Don Cosme Palacio, an entrepreneur whose inquisitive and innovative spirit contributed to the Riojan wine revolution, they are lucky enough to own one of the very few “Viñedo Singular”, where 100-year-old vines grow.
One of the first wineries to be established in Ribera de Duero appellation and a founding member of “Wineries for Climate Protection” movement, Bodegas Viña Mayor takes a contemporary approach to craft wines that show the great regional character.
Kim Wilson, MD at North South Wines, comments: “We are excited to start working with Grupo Bodegas Palacio, and to be bringing their superb wines into the North South family. We have been searching for the right partner in Spain for some time, and Grupo Bodegas Palacio have both excellent quality and premium brands, and with their rich history and commitment to sustainability they fit perfectly with North South Wines. We’re delighted be working with Spain’s only female MW, head-winemaker Almudena Alberca too. This partnership adds a new dimension to our portfolio, and complements our current producer partners, such as De Bortoli, Scheid Family Wines and Tohu.”
Andrés Pérez de Herrasti, International Director at Grupo Bodegas Palacio, comments, “The UK is not only the largest market for Spanish quality wine but one of the most dynamic and knowledgeable. The long-lasting love affair of British consumers with Rioja wines has proven pandemic-proof with exports growing nearly 20% in 2020. We are thrilled to join forces with North South Wines, a young and agile company with a great team that has a deep understanding of the market and the passion and drive to deliver best-in-class service to its customers.”
North South Wines was set up in 2014 and boasts a broad portfolio of classic and innovative wines from across the globe.