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Winery Bodegas Ponce
Varieties90% Moravia Agria / 10% Garnacha
Farming Practicespracticing organic and biodynamic
Trellis systemgoblet
Hectares/Acres35 ha. total / yielding 25hL per ha.
Harvest Techniquehand harvested
Year Vines Were Planted1995 Garnacha / 1965 years Moravia Agria
Yeastselected natural
Fermentationfermented with stems in open-top 4,000kg capacity wood tanks
Maturation7 months in 600 liter French Oak barrels and 7 months in bottle
Item NoSP482
Bottle Case12
Country Spain
Region Castilla La Mancha
Sub-region Manchuela
Bodegas Ponce

Manchuela, a lesser-known Spanish wine region that is inland from Valencia, specializes in the Bobal grape variety, which is known for its thick skins and rusticity. And while there are very few defenders of this region and even fewer winemakers that are dedicated to this varietal, Juan Antonio Ponce stands alone as the leader of Manchuela and as the master of the Bobal grape.

Juan Antonio Ponce began his winery in 2005, at the age of 23. He works biodynamically in the vineyard, and in the winery he takes a natural approach, using low levels of sulphur dioxide. His philosophy is to make natural wines with wild yeast fermentation, to respect the local varietal Bobal and to express its terroir.

The winemaking process begins with hand harvesting. The bunches of grapes are then chilled to 8 °C and fermented whole-bunch, with the stems, in a type of fermentation known as “remango,” which was once popular in Rioja.

Juan Antonio Ponce worked as the right-hand man to Telmo Rodriguez at Cia de Vinos Telmo Rodrigues for 5 years. During this time he was in charge of winemaking, vineyard management, etc. His father, who owned some land in Manchuela, decided to start this project with him.

Bueña Pinta is the only wine that does not feature the Bobal grape. It is made from 2 vineyards of Moravia Agria grape and Garnacha grape. Moravia Agria vineyard soil is calcareous and Garnacha's is clay-calcareous. This is a fine, elegant wine with fresh flavors and a citrus finish.