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Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha, S.L.

Finca Fentelacazuela, Camino las Barreras s/n°, 26320 Banos de Rio Tobia (La Rioja)

Telephone +34 941 232160
Fax +34 941 232160

This company is co-exhibitor of
Gobierno de la Rioja org.

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ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 10): stand D52

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ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 10

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.24  Spain
  •  Rioja

Our products

Product category: Rioja

Ad Libitum Tempranillo Blanco

—from vines at 565 m. altitude

This was the very first wine we developed.  It comes from the Tempranillo Blanco grape; this grape is a mutation from a single (red) Tempranillo vine that was found in 1988 in an old vineyard located in Murillo de Río Leza, La Rioja.  Development of these grapevines was part of the Universidad de La Rioja minority varieties rescue project conducted by Professors Juan Carlos Sancha and Fernando Martínez de Toda.  The Consejo Regulador of Rioja accepted this variety as an official grape in D.O.Ca Rioja in 2007.  Our Tempranillo Blanco vineyard is ten years old.

The white Tempranillo Blanco grape is 97% genetically similar to its red Tempranillo cousin.  The leaves and grape cluster shape are identical; so also are their susceptibility to diseases and pests.  Both have short, early-ripening cycles which enable these grapes to be grown in any subzone of the Rioja Domination and to complete their ripening even in zones where later ripening takes place.  The Tempranillo Blanco vines have medium to high vigor and a medium yield (6,000 kg of grapes per hectare).  The grape clusters, while abundant, are of small size and medium weight.

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Product category: Rioja

Ad Libitum Maturana Tinta

—from vines at 565 m. altitude

While Maturana Tinta grapes were cultivated many years ago, this was done only on a limited scale. Maturana Tinta vines, discovered in an old vineyard in Navarrete, were also part of the Universidad de La Rioja rescue project. Our vineyard has been in production for ten years.

Our Maturana Tinta vines produce small clusters of grapes with high acidity and good resistance to vine diseases, all features typical of Maturana grapes. The deep-color grapes and great tannic structure of these grapes make premium red wines possible. Our Maturana Tinta vineyard produces 5,500 kg. of grapes per hectare.

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Product category: Rioja

Peña El Gato, Garnacha

—from vines at 650 m. altitude

This wine comes from 95-year-old Garnacha vines on high, south-facing slopes and terraces on a half hectare of land inherited by Juan Carlos Sancha from his grandfather.  This very special vineyard, which yields 2,857 kg of grapes per hectare, has a small production, 1200 bottles of wine.

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About us

Company details

Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha is a winery located in Rioja Alta, one of the best-known wine-producing regions of Spain. This winery, operated in the town of Baños de Río Tobía (Rioja Alta) by Juan Carlos Sancha, a professor of enology at the University of La Rioja, is situated on five hectares of land along the border of D.O.Ca. Rioja, and in the coldest zone of this wine denomination.

This cooler location, in Baños de Río Tobía (Rioja Alta) in the Najerilla Valley, contributes to the high quality of their wines. Juan Carlos Sancha’s winery also has vines of minority varieties such as Tempranillo Blanco, Maturana Tinta, Maturana Blanca, varieties that he and his university colleague Fernando Martinez de Toda discovered, rescued from extinction, and developed.  Professor Sancha then went on to found the first Rioja winery employing these minority varieties in commercialized wines.

Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha specializes in the production of artisan organic wines elaborated from these minority varieties, offering three fine wines: Ad Libitum Maturana Tinta, Ad Libitum Tempranillo Blanco, and Peña El Gato. Ad Libitum Maturana Tinta comes from an old minority Navarrateña variety of Maturana Tinta. Tempranillo Blanco is made from Tempranillo Blanco grapes, a mutation from the traditional, better-known red Tempranillo grapes. Peña El Gato derives its name from the idea that the 95-year-old Garnacha grapevines, from which this wine come, are located so high up the mountains that even cats won’t dare to go there.

Good wines come from good grapes. The wines of Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha are the result of the vineyards’ cool, high location; their very densely planting (5,000 vines per hectare); and the poor calcareous soils of these vineyards. These factors make the vines “suffer,” producing fewer grapes with higher juice concentration—qualities which contribute importantly to the Bodega’s complex, high-quality wines. Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Tinta grapes grow at 565 meters (….feet) altitude, and the old Garnacha vines from which Peña El Gato wine comes, grow at 650 meters (…. feet) altitude. Also contributing to the quality of the grapes are the location of the vineyards on south-facing hillsides, enabling both good solar radiation and air flow and reducing vine disease susceptibility.

Indeed, because of all these contributing factors, these three fine wines from Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha—Ad Libitum Maturana Tinta, Ad Libitum Tempranillo Blanco, and Peña El Gato—are sure to please the most discriminating palate.

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