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Ad Libitum Tempranillo Blanco Rioja (Spain)



This special Ad Libitum (that literally means ‘Free to do what you wish’) was the first Tempranillo Blanco wine in the world that reached the market following a rescue project for minority grape varieties in the Rioja. What a find… Juan Carlos shows the indigenous capacity of this region so very well with this unoaked, very fresh (yet fleshy!) dry white from Spain’s most recognized wine area. Definitely belongs in the every-day-of-the-week-wine category.

Fruity, intense aroma of peach, melon, citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes.

Refreshing and dry, fleshy on the palate though balanced with a medium acidity and a persistent finish.

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About Juan Carlos Sancha


Pictures from left to right: (1) Juan Carlos in the cellar (2) The bodega, situated in Rioja Alta (3) Juan Carlos with his Maturana Blanca

Juan Carlos Sancha
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) and run by Juan Carlos Sancha (who is Professor of Oenology 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 DO.

This cooler location contributes to the high quality of the 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.


Style: Medium bodied dry white
Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Rioja
Appellation: DOCa Rioja
Grape: 100% Tempranillo Blanco
Year: 2015
Alcohol: 12,5%
Bottle size: 0,75L
Closure: Natural cork
Drink by: 2018

The Region

Rioja | Spain

With its beautiful rolling landscapes, medieval hamlets and exquisite wines, La Rioja is Spain´s Tuscany. The wine area is sub divided into three regions- Rioja Alta (where most of the oldest wine ‘chateaux’ are located in and around Haro), Rioja Alavesa (which also belongs geographically to the Basque Country, and is home to some of the prettiest villages like Laguardia and Samaniego) and Rioja Baja (further southeast, a larger, more arid region whose main hub is Calahorra).

Among Spanish wine regions, Rioja ranks as the most renowned. It entered the modern commercial wine era in the 19th century, when French winemakers, looking to escape the spreading phylloxera plague in their own country, crossed the Pyrenees and settled here. Today, the region offers an elite mix of Franco-Iberian history, stunning scenery, proprietary cuisine, brilliant wines and a meshing of old and new.


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