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History & Philosophy
Bodegas Fontana, owned by the Cantarero Morales family for over 30 years, has been a major contributor in bringing about changes in the area, achieving recognition for Uclés as a new zone with the ‘Designation of Origin’. Jesús Cantarero, the current owner, has now brought together a highly experienced, eclectic, multi-national team of wine professionals, including Sam Harrop MW, who produce authentic, contemporary wines of great purity and freshness. The wines offered range from expressive, organically grown varietals to terroir-driven, single-vineyard selections with real depth and complexity.
The team at Fontana works in a truly inter-disciplinary way, integrating every decision from vineyard to market and combining a deep understanding of the Castillian terroirs with a global outlook. Their aim is to produce interesting wines that represent a modern interpretation of the local winegrowing traditions, conveying a true sense of place while always offering outstanding quality and value.
Vineyard & Climate
The Fontana estates are located in Uclés, the most Northern tip of Castile region, an area known for both its fresh, aromatic whites as well as outstanding reds from the Tempranillo grape. At an altitude of 700-900 meters, the wines of Uclés show the purity and freshness typical of the North with the intensity and ripe, velvety tannins of the Mediterranean. Fontana manages its estates sustainably and as integrated ecosystems, taking advantage of the low levels of disease in this dry, continental climate. No pesticides are used, organic manure is the only fertilizer applied and weed control is done by light, superficial tilling.
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Esencia de Fontana
A range of Spanish and International varieties.
Elegant aromas of ripe orchard fruits with subtle mineral notes. Elegant, unoaked Chardonnay, with good concentration and a round, juicy mouthfeel.
Aromatic nose with notes of freshly cut hay, white pepper and fennel. Light-bodied, but with excellent fruit concentration. Slightly mineral with a crisp, dry finish.
Intense aromas of ripe berry fruit and liquorice. Medium-bodied with beautiful balance between fruit concentration, fresh acidity and fine tannins.
Ripe blackberry aromas, with spicy notes of freshly ground black pepper. Intense fruit, juicy and full-bodied with fine tannins and a refreshing finish.
Dominio de Fontana - Vinos de Finca
Single-estate wines produced from the 400-hectare estate in Uclés at 700-800m altitude.
Intense and expressive aromas, combining grassy and gooseberry notes of the Sauvignon Blanc with notes of fennel and white pepper from the Verdejo. Concentrated and textured on the palate, with depth, freshness and a persistent, mineral finish.
Aromas of ripe berries, pepper, spicy notes of clove and a touch of vanilla. A rich, juicy wine with concentrated fruit flavours and long finish.
Deep garnet colour with powerful and complex aromas combining the ripe berry notes of the Tempranillo with the cassis from the Cabernet Sauvignon. An elegant and sophisticated wine with a velvety texture and great length.
Deep garnet colour with aromas of ripe berries and floral, blueberry notes. Elegant, complex wine with round palate, velvety texture and great finish.
A range of Estate bottled, organically and sustainably grown single varieties.
Intense, fresh notes of grass, fennel and white pepper. A crisp wine with excellent balance and slightly mineral finish.
Pale strawberry colour, with intense, fresh berry aromas and subtle floral notes. Excellent concentration of fruit is balanced by crisp acidity and elegant finish.
Bright ruby red, with aromas of red berries, rosemary and a touch of liquorice. Vibrant and juicy, with round texture and pleasant finish.
Single bottlings of exciting experiments from the vineyard, showing the potential of the area and grape varieties. Quantities and grape varieties bottled will vary year to year. The sheep on the labels represent the region and its heritage, and are a symbol of Fontana’s honest approach to winemaking.
Intensely aromatic and expressive, with aromas reminiscent of lychees, grapefruit and rose petals. Light bodied, very fresh on the palate, the fruit is perfectly balanced by the crisp acidity and a dry, mineral finish.
Bright ruby in colour with inviting aromas of flowers and ripe blueberries. The palate is vibrant, medium bodied, with good tannic structure and long finish.
Quinta de Quercus
Quinta de Quercus
Quinta de Quercus is a single-vineyard wine made from the hillside plantings of 30 year old Tempranillo. Its intense nose combines aromas of blackberries, rosemary and hints of spicy cloves. Full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, its juicy fruit flavours and muscular tannins are perfectly balanced with fine oak complexity and vibrant acidity on the long finish.