I was born in Pamplona, some distance from the vineyards, but it wasn’t long before I was running through them. I began my oenological studies in Requena, where I qualified as a Master Winemaker before doing further training in Madrid and Bordeaux.
Probably the strongest influence on my career came from the 11 years I spent as Director of Oenology at the Estación de Viticultura y Enología de Navarra (EVENA). They led to my decision to devote myself along with my wife, Mariví, to running my own winery on a full-time basis.
I believe in respecting the environment and in the idea that it will always respond if you look after it. I see this as our recipe for success. We give our wines the utmost care right from the start: on our soil.
I also have a deep belief in the value of research and the new technologies, as long as they are respectful of nature and benefit the environment.
Creo también profundamente en la investigación y en el uso de las nuevas tecnologías, siempre que estas sean respetuosas con la naturaleza y le sirvan para mejorar.
This is how we came to be the first winery in Spain to undertake, with VDTI support, an R&D project aimed at producing the sweet white Muscatel wine that is our pride and joy to this day.
I am a proud father and a contented grandfather, I have planted more than one tree (at Bodegas Ochoa we have 25 hectares of oil-producing olive trees) and I have written a book: ‘El Vino y su Cata’(Wine and Wine-tasting). I am also proud to be the number one member of the Cofradía del Vino de Navarra (Navarra’s Wine Brotherhood ); Honorary Member of “les Compagnons du vin” of Bordeaux; Honorary Member of the Serenísima Orden de Caballeros del Vino of Catalonia; and member of the Grand Order of Vintners, founded by Vinos de España in London (ICEX).
I have received numerous awards throughout my career, but the best, without doubt, is to see my family matching my own enthusiasm for what has been the focus of my life. You could really say that we are a family of five, because wine is definitely one of us.