Juan Antonio Ponce of Bodegas Ponce
We are excited to announce the most recent addition to our Iberian Portfolio: Bodegas Ponce from Manchuela! In 2005, after working as Telmo Rodriguez’s righthand man at Remelluri for a few years, Juan Antonio Ponce, who was just 23 years-old at the time, launched Bodegas Ponce, which quickly rose to the top in the tightest of wine geek circles. Known as the king of the Bobal varietal to many, a local grape that’s termed Valenciano in the rest of Spain, Ponce comes from a long blood line of grape growers, joining forces at the Bodegas with his father who shares his name. And while Bobal is a tannic grape with bright acidity that’s typically been used to produce bulk rosé wines in a region that lacks a unified identity, it is Ponce who has taken this native varietal to another, sublime dimension.