From stowaway and New York cab driver to one of Hollywood’s most successful restaurant owners and founder of his own namesake winery: Jean Leon’s life is the timeless tale of the American dream. Vinya Palau remembers Jean Leon’s origins and pays tribute to his hometown, Santander, the starting point for a life marked by extraordinary success.  This organic, limited-production varietal wine originates from the Vinya Palau vineyard. The small 10-hectare lot is home to Merlot vines planted in 1991.

    A wine that lends full expression to the Merlot variety. Fresh and elegant with sweet tannins. Remarkably long finish with a lovely lift of acidity.


    Dark cherry red with medium to deep color intensity.


    Highly intense ripe red fruit, spices like black pepper, and hints of aromatic Mediterranean herbs.


    Sweet on entry, medium-to-full body, and smooth tannins, seamlessly held together by lovely acidity. Long and persistent finish.

    100% Merlot

    12 months in French oak; bottle aged for 6 months or more


    20 days (skin contact + fermentation)

    Ideal with poultry like duck magret with red fruit sauce. Lovely with white fish like cod.

    Single Vineyard Wine. Highest D.O. classification. Wines that originate from a single vineyard, a specific type of soil, and a microclimate that encourages maximum expressivity.

    Vinya Palau

    Vineyard Size
    6 hectares


    1991 Planting of Merlot vines in the Vinya Palau parcel

    Calcareous clay, arenaceous with gravel


    Organic since 2008

    2015 vintage

    – 92 points, JamesSuckling.com 2019

    2014 vintage

    – 91 points, Peñín 2020

    – 91 points, Proensa 2019

    100% Merlot

    12 months in French oak; bottle aged for 6 months or more

    Limited production
    14.133 bottles