Our Winemakers

Making Wine Since


José Luis Chueca

José Luis Chueca Sancho is the principal winemaker at Bodegas Alto Moncayo S.A. and also was for Bodega Borsao S.A. for the last 22 years.

He was born in Tabuenca back in 1970 in a family with a long tradition on wine, as his father and grandfather were also winemakers in the Campo de Borja area. He studied Winemaking in the School and Museum of the Vineyards in Madrid during 1988 through 1991.

José Luis Chueca Winemaker

“The Garnacha has no secrets for him and so, he has become one of the best specialists in Garnacha in the world”.

International Wine Media

He brings the Garnacha variety to the TOP-LIST  Worldwide:

  • Veraton, Top of 100 Wines in the World. Wine Spectator 2017.
  • Alto Moncayo Top of 100 wines in the World. Wine Spectator 2003.
  • Alto Moncayo 2007 and 2009 : 100 point by Robert Parker.
Chris Ringland winemaker

Chris Ringland

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Chris had a passion for wine from a very young age, cultivating neighbour’s vines to make his first wines. After afew years working as a cellar hand locally, Chris travelled to South Australia where he studied oenology at the famed Roseworthy campus. On completion of his studies, Chris returned to New Zealand where he finished his citation o n wine phenolics and protein fining agents.

After periods of working in California and Europe, Chris found his way back to South Australia and in the late eighties took a position with Robert O’Callaghan at Rockford wines in the Barossa. It was here Chris developed his unique style and produced his now world famous Shiraz, under his own name. (Formerly Three Rivers Shiraz). After 15 y e a r s at Rockford, Chris travelled back to Europe and developed a number of projects with local producers in Spain and Italy.

More recently, Chris has developed Nebbiolo and Carigan projects ‘Solita’ and since 2006 has developed a Northern Barossa Shiraz project, CR Shiraz with renowned Ebenezer vigneron Adrian Hoffmann.

Miguel Sanmartín


  • Viticulture and Fruit Growing in Cogullada.
  • Agricultural School in Zaragoza Superior Technician in the elaboration of Wines and other Beverages.
  • Duques de Nájera, in Logroño (Oenology).
  • Master of University Specialist in Oenology & Viticulture and Tasting in the University of La Rioja.


  • Organoleptic analysis course.
  • New World Wine Tasting Courses.
Miguel Sanmartín Winemaker

Miguel and his family have always believed in the potential of the Garnacha, protecting their heritage. Nowadays they own 120 hectars of old vines.

His life and great passion is to experiment with old vineyards and turn them into great wines.

Miguel Sanmatín has been working in the winery since the beginning, he founded Alto Moncayo together with his father and other partners in 2002. Alto Moncayo is a boutique winery, focused on Garnacha, that produces three spectacular wines.

These wines have achieved international records:

  • Vetaton Top 100 in the list of Wine Spectator 2017.
  • Alto Moncayo Top 100 in Wine Spectator 2003.
  • Alto Moncayo 2007 & 2009 100 points by Robert Parker.
    Chris Ringland winemaker

    Sergio Chueca

    Titles of higher technician in viticulture and technician in olive oil and wine production at IES La Laboral (La Rioja).

    Winery and field operator at Bodegas El Grifo and
    Bodegas Alto Moncayo from 2018 to the present.

    Come & Visit Us

    If you want to visit the winery, do a tasting and a guided tour, please contact us.


    +34 976 86 80 98
    +34 976 86 78 07


    Ctra. CV 606 Borja
    a El Buste km 1,7
    50540 Borja
    Zaragoza. SPAIN