After years of successful collaboration with Bodegas Borsao, Jorge Ordóñez sought to found a winery to consolidate Spanish Garnacha’s status as a premium winemaking grape. He collaborated with Bodegas Borsao and Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and together they sought out the best vineyards of Garnacha de Monte – the local original indigenous clone of Garnacha - on the foothills of the Moncayo mountain in Campo de Borja.
They decided to source from vineyards planted between 1910 and 1960 that were planted on a variety of soil types. The soils are incredibly poor and range from very iron rich red clay to stony soils with limestone or marl, dolomite, quartzite and slate dominated soils. These are very well drained, poor soils that reduce the yields of the old clones of Garnacha substantially. The proximity to the Moncayo mountain range provides an incredible dry, cool mesoclimate with Atlantic influences during the winter and Mediterranean influences during the summer. The result of this unique mesoclimate is extremely drastic temperature swings between day and night, which afford a special build up of acidity in the grapes.
The wines of Alto Moncayo have received international acclaim from markets and critics alike. The flagship wine, Alto Moncayo, has received 100 points from Robert Parker on two occasions. The grapes are fermented in small, open top stainless steel fermenters and aged in a combination of new and used French and American oak for 16-22 months depending on the wine. The blending process is extremely important at Alto Moncayo, as no vineyard is destined for a specific wine, however, the oldest vineyards typically end up in Aquilon and Alto Moncayo, the two highest level blends.