Each month we’ll be sharing what’s happening in the vineyard and winery with guest appearances from our whole team: Fernando Mora MW (everywhere!), Francisco Latasa and Ana Jiménez (in the office) and Mario López (mainly out in the vines).  

Ana was travelling last month, representing Frontonio at our importers’ portfolio tastings Seville (11/12 March) and Brussels (26-27 March). A business and marketing graduate and fluent English speaker, Ana has been working with Bodegas Frontonio for nearly two years. She’s in charge of sales and logistics and has been studying wine with the WSET as she travels more, opening up new international markets. We’re delighted to have her on board.

Paco doesn’t get let out of the office very often (although you may have seen his face in the pruning team last month) He’s much too busy looking after our clients – he’s a CRM expert – and making sure that our business is fair, ethical and sustainable in all aspects – as well as a fun place to work.

Fernando’s travels included time spent in Madrid judging at the Bacchus Awards run by the Spanish Union of Tasters, where he hosted a seminar entitled “Mediterranean Jewels”. The wines were chosen to reflect the new face of Spanish wine and what Fernando considers to be the true gems of the Mediterranean – its people – with wines selected to reflect rebellion, passion, the future – with examples made from native and international grapes, small estate wineries and cooperatives (something Fernando considers to be another Mediterranean gem, along with old vines), showing not just the sunshine and warmth of the area but also the freshness and tension that can be achieved when the vines are grown with care in the right location.

Then from March 18 to 20 he was at ProWein in Germany – Europe’s biggest wine fair – it was a very chilly one this year, with snow on the ground but things were busy on the Long Wines stand and Fernando even gave a live demonstration of how to use a botijo.