Juan Antonio is a leading figure in biodynamic and natural winemaking in his native Cuenca. His vineyards are at high altitude for Jumilla, and sit on a combination of clay, limestone and sandstone soils. His vines are between 30 and 90 years old, and some of them are still planted on their own root stocks. Reto, which translates from Spanish as challenge, refers to the difficulty of making a high quality white wine in a warm area! Juan Antonio has risen to that challenge, Reto is rich and textured white with amazing acidity.
Viticulture is Biodynamic and sulphur treatments in the vineyard are kept to a minimum. No soil enrichment or irrigation is used. Ground cover crops are used and the soil is rarely ploughed. Grapes are hand harvested. In the winery, the ethos is to let the wine make itself. Grapes are pressed in a vertical press, alcoholic fermentation takes place with wild yeasts. All the wines are fermented and aged for approximately seven months in neutral oak on lees to let each parcel reflect its own personality. Wines are neither fined nor filtered before bottling.