Juan Antonio Ponce stands alone as the leader of Manchuela and as the master of the Bobal grape. Manchuela, a lesser-known Spanish wine region that is inland from Valencia, specializes in the Bobal variety with its thick skins and rusticity. Bodegas Ponce is a pioneer when there are very few defenders of this region and even fewer winemakers that are dedicated to this varietal.
Juan Antonio Ponce began his Bodegas Ponce 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 sulfur 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 degrees 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.
100% Albillo. A white wine of structure and aging potential with honey and apple-skin aromas. Dry, with some flavors of preserved lemons. A full-bodied white with great tension and not an ounce of flab. Very limited production.
Made from 30-50 year old Bobal vines, this wine is a light red very similar to a Gamay or Beaujolais.
This is the only wine from Bodegas Ponce that does not feature 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 claycalcareous. Fermentation, including malolactic, is conducted in barrels. Yield is 25hl/ha. This is a fine, elegant wine with fresh flavors and a citric finish.
The Estrecha area is where we work to obtain the finest qualities of the Bobal variety. And while the season was difficult, 2010 provided the perfect conditions to reveal these traits. On nose, the fruit becomes dried rose petals with floral notes–a pleasure for which we thank the Bobal grape.