Fento Wines are made with organically farmed grapes from micro vineyards spotted throughout the Condado de Tea subzone of Rías Baixas. Prestigious winemaker Eulogio Pomares of Bodegas Zarate and his wife Rebeca Montero were both raised with vineyards for playgrounds and have spent their entire lives immersed in the industry of viticulture and winemaking. Their personal joint venture was created in August of 2012 and is a young, family business that makes wines that reflect the strength of the grapes and their nuances, but comes with a fresh focus and presentation, a personal enterprise that combines natural viticulture with new techniques.
Condado de Tea is named after a tributary ‘Rio Tea’ of Galicia’s most prominent and jaw dropping river, the Miño, which winds throughout the mountainous areas of the southern base of Galicia where the roads meander in and out of Portugal and Spain. Condado de Tea is the second largest sub-zone of Rias Baixas — it is also the furthest away from the coast, the warmest in temperatures (it can reach up to 100 degrees in the depths of summer) and the driest from rainfall. The soils here are rich with varying degrees of mica, granite and slate.
Fento wines relies on the assistance of their friends and family crew of small farmers, something which is vital if you want to achieve rational work that respects the environment. Many vines use spontaneous vegetation coverage to obtain more concentrated grapes, to improve the soil’s structure and avoid erosion. The vines are located in the South of Pontevedra, in the Condado de Tea sub zone. Grapes are planted in the “Xabre” soil, a popular name for weathered sandy granite soils. It uses the pergola vine training system. The white varieties are Albariño, Treixadura, Loureiro, Godello and Torrontés; and the reds represented by Susón, Espadeiro, Mencia, Cano Tinto, Pedral, and Espedeiro. Most recently, Eulogio has begun sourcing organic fruit from the Ribeira Sacra for his ‘O Estranxeiro’ wines.
Wine cellar work does not adhere to set rules, each year depends on the vintage itself. Grape picking is done by hand with the grape selection carried out on the vine. Alcohol fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, and according to the vintage, fermentation takes place and the length of breeding is decided upon.