Bodegas Frontonio joins the Bancroft portfolio
Bodegas Frontonio has joined the Bancroft portfolio, strengthening the importer’s offering in Spain. Bodegas Frontonio has emerged as one of the most refreshing wine ventures in Aragón, both in terms of recovering old vines and driving Garnacha’s renaissance in the area. Frontonio is one of 40 exceptional producers to have joined Bancroft over the last few months.
Fernando Mora MW, of Bodegas Frontonio comments: “We are thrilled about this new partnership with Bancroft Wines. Here in Valdejalón we take great care of our old vineyards for our single vineyard cuvées. Old vineyards, indigenous grapes, organic farming, hand picking, foot treading, and use of gravity form the basis of our traditional way to make wines. This is how we create the magic in our old caves in Valdejalón.” (More comment from Fernando Mora MW and the Frontonio story can be found here).
Lenka Sedlackova MW, Senior Brand Manager at Bancroft Wines comments: “I have long admired Fernando’s energetic determination to make fantastic, terroir-expressive and supremely elegant wines from this part of Spain. He has truly taken Garnacha to new heights. Fernando’s wines achieve a masterful straddle: they follow natural wine principles, organic farming and minimal intervention winemaking but without ever sacrificing the gorgeous grape purity that is so universally appealing.
“The addition of Bodegas Frontonio to our evolving range is an exciting step towards strengthening Bancroft’s Spanish portfolio. Spain is and will continue to be a huge focus for us and we look forward to being able to introduce the wines of Frontonio to a diverse customer base here in the UK, and help them establish strong Off-trade distribution, as well as continuing their success in the On-trade.“
About Bodegas Frontonio
Frontonio is the passion project of three friends; Fernando Mora MW, oenologist Mario López and international business lawyer Francisco Latasa from Zaragoza. The winery is named after Saint Frontonio, the Patron Saint of the village. According to legend, Frontonio was beheaded by the Romans, his head found upstream after it had been thrown into the Ebro. Going against the current is at the heart of this project, hence the name Frontonio.
Lacking a DO status, Valdejalón is arguably the least well-known wine region in Aragón. Located at the centre of a triangle formed by Campo de Borja, Cariñena and Calatayud appellations, it comprises the area around the river Jalón. The wines are sold under the ‘vino de la tierra’ designation, the equivalent to the new European PGI.
Frontonio has emerged as one of the most refreshing wine ventures in Aragón, both in terms of recovering old vines and driving Garnacha’s renaissance in the area. The vineyards are found at over 400 meters high near Épila, on the left bank of the river Jalón, where clay-limestone soils prevail. The Premier and Grand Crus are further west, planted at 600-1000 meters on red slate soils and limestone. The founders also expertly purchase in fruit from local growers.
For more information, contact:
Hannah Van Susteren
Head of Marketing, Bancroft Wines