Juan Carlos Sancha

Juan Carlos Sancha


Juan Carlos Sancha is a legend in Rioja. Not only does he make incredible wines high up in the hills of Baños de Río Tobía in Rioja Alta, he is also a mentor, a professor of oenology and a pioneer of new grape varieties such as Tempranillo Blanco. He is an experimenter, never afraid to try something different.

Which makes him a very exciting winemaker to include in our portfolio. 

His wines are made from old vines at high altitude in cool sites, which lend freshness, and focus to the finished bottles. As well as working with the famous Tempranillo and Garnacha, Juan Carlos also makes full use of lesser known varieties such as Tempranillo Blanco, Maturana Tinta, Maturana Blanca (all three of which were either discovered or brought back to life from extinction by him and his colleagues).

We’re delighted to be importing some of his best wines.


  • philosophy:
    • Organic viticulture
    • Only high quality, concentrated grapes.
    • Hand harvested.
    • Low intervention - as little as possible is added.
  • The vineyards:
    • Dense plantings of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Maturana Blanca, Maturana Tinta, and Tempranillo Blanco.
    • Up to 565 meters altitude in cool sites around Baños de Río Tobía.
    • Poor calcareous soils which lends concentration to the grapes
    • Old vines, some up to 95 years old.


Filters List
  • Price range
  • Wine Type Red
  • Style Complex Fresh and fruity Full-bodied wine Grassy
  • Country Spain
  • Region Rioja
  • Winemaker Juan Carlos Sancha
  • Philosophy Low Intervention
  • Specials Amphora Autochthonous varieties
  • Soil Type Clay Limestone
  • Grape Variety Grenache Tempranillo Blanco
  • Vintage 2020
  • Sweetness Dry
  • Alcohol 12.5% 15.5%
  • Serving Temperature 14-16°C 8-10°C
  • Bottle size 0.75 l
  • Allergens Contains Sulphites
  • Organic certificate Bio EU

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