Juan Antonio Ponce


Juan Antonio is a leading figure in biodynamic and natural winemaking in his native Manchuela. After working with Telmo Rodríguez on a number of his projects throughout Spain, Juan Antonio spent time in France learning about biodynamics and how he could apply those techniques to his own vineyards. His vineyards are at high altitude for the area, and sit on a combination of clay, limestone and sandstone soils. His vines are between 30 and 90 years old, and some of them are still planted on their own root stocks. He works wonders with unfashionable, local grape Bobal, which he grows to maintain acidity in this warm, arid climate. He works precisely in the winery, the bunches are not de-stemmed which means semi-carbonic maceration occurs in the tank, and all the wines are fermented and aged in neutral oak to let each parcel reflect its own personality.

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