To step into the Bodegas Fernandez is to step back in time. The family has been making wine in the region of Jumilla since the early 1900s, and are still using some of the original methods established almost a century ago. Inside the cellar are a line of stainless steel tanks, but most of the tanks are below ground cement fermenters that utilize the cool ground. In a region where summer temperatures soar into the high nineties and more, this natural cooling system is essential in crafting elegant - not jammy - wines. They still employ the basket press for their Reserva and Grand Reserva cuvées, and their barrel room is lined with 50-75 year-old barrels (some from neighboring Jerez). There, the wines sit until they deem them ready for the market which is significantly longer than decreed by the DO. This may be the only traditional producer left in Jumilla!