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We get blind solicitations from wineries literally every day, but this one caught our eye immediately, because it was penned by none other than María José López de Heredia. She said, " if there is one person in the wine world that I could recommend it is Fernando Mora, because he gives me hope for the future of the world of wine in Spain." In his own words, this is what Fernando does : " recovering old vineyards in Valdejalón area in the north east part of Spain. Producing single vineyards garnachas from old vines up to 98 years old. Something we are very proud to do." With his partner Mario López they style themselves the “Garage Winery”, that being a literal description of the facility in which they originally crafted their wines. Oh, and Fernando became a Master of Wine, earning special distinction for his treatise on the Garnacha in Campo de Borja. The little-known region of Valdejalón, centered around their village of Épila on the banks of the River Jalón, nestles north of Calatayud. The climate is Mediterranean, with significant diurnal temperature changes and low rainfall. The vineyards lie at altitudes between 350 and 700 meters, and benefit from loose soil structure with notable limestone content. Many of the best vineyards are also conspicuously schistous. The team’s preference is for north-facing slopes, rich in stones, and planted to old vines. In their masterly hands, they give rise to Grenache wines (red AND white) of a purity and intensity we rarely see, at a price ridiculously fair, which have already been acclaimed by reviewers everywhere. One of the most remarkable aspects of this story is that Frontonio is quite literally the only producer making wines under the Valdejalón imprimatur. It is a tribute to Fernando’s intuition, particularly, that he could divine the exceptional potential of this area, whose results are, to our subjective judgment, consistently superior to anything else in Aragon.
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Frontonio

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Producer:
Frontonio
Country:
Spain
Region:
Valdejalón
Subregion:
Campo de Borja and Valdejalón
City of Origin:
Zaragoza
Date Founded:
2010
Owner Name:
Fernando Mora MW and Francisco Latasa
Total Annual Production:
140,000 bottles

Property History:

Frontonio is named after Saint Frontonio, the patrón saint of Épila, a town in Valdejalón, North-East Spain, where it is produced. Legend has it that Saint Frontonio was beheaded by the Romans. His body was buried in a cemetery and his head was thrown into the River Ebro near Zaragoza. Miraculously, his head was later found going upstream along the banks of the River Jalón in Épila. Likewise, this limited production of “micro” wine is the result of rowing against the stream. It is also something of a miracle. It comes from a humble garage where it is made by Fernando Mora MW, Francisco Latasa and Mario López without any fuss.

Owner History:

Wines By Frontonio
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2020 Supersonico Garnacha (Valdejalon)

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2020 Telescopico Garnacha (Valdejalon)

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2021 Microcosmico Garnacha (Valdejalon) ORGANIC

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2020 La Loma & Los Santos Blanco

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2020 Elastico Macabeo

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2021 El Casetero Garnacha ORGANIC

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2022 Microcosmico Macabeo

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2021 El Casetero Macabeo (Valdejalon) ORGANIC

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2017 Telescopico Garnacha (Valdejalon)

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