Bodegas Frontio

Arribes is a rocky, end-of-world location on the Spain-Portugal border, where Río Duero becomes the Douro. The name translates to 'high above the Duero'. The land is a combination of high altitude rolling plains and deep, steep canyons lurching down to the Douro's water course, at altitudes between 650-750m. It's hot (hotter than nearby Toro, for example) but also relatively moist. It is intensely remote. Wine has been produced here since the brief (pre-Roman) invasian by the Phoenicians.

Thyge 'Chus' Jensen' is an outsider - a dane drawn to winemaking. After searching and working in various parts of Spain, in Fermoselle he found vineyards he could afford to buy, and with old vine character to preserve and interpret. Chus makes and ages his wines in a cool granite cellar dug in under the bedrock of Fermoselle, low on the cool north-facing side of town. He likes whole bunch winemaking as the skin of Juan García is, in his view, too thin to destem without fatally damaging the fruit.