Tempranillo

Common synonyms: Tinto Fino, Ulle de Llebre, Tinto del Pais, Aragones(z), Cencibel, Tinto del Toro, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Riojano, Valdepeñas

 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Europe, not known exactly where
 
History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it could have been brought there by the Moors from somewhere else unknown. There are theories it’s a clonal offshoot of Pinot Noir, and though it shares some characteristics, it has been proven the two are not related. But regardless, Tempranillo, which means “early little one” for its penchant for early ripening, has become widely cultivated all over the world in many styles. 
 
It is the leading red grape in Spain, where it is called by many names according to where it’s grown. It is most distinguished as the main grape of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, where, particularly in the higher altitude vineyard locations, it is produced Read more »

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  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Ribera Del Duero

    This region is located within Castilla y Leon and runs along the Duero River. The area concentr...

  • Castilla y León

    This region is located north-northwest of Madrid. Its terrain is a combination of flat, open pl...

  • Rioja

    The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. R...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Catalunya

      Catalunya (Catalonia in Spanish) is located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula and...

  • Castilla-la Mancha

      Castilla la Mancha is a region located in the central Iberian plateau that up until recent...

  • Aragón

      This region, rich in history, was once the home of celebrated 16th century royals Ferdinan...

Popular Wineries using Tempranillo

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

  • Bodegas El Nido

    Bodegas El Nido is a collaborative wine brand created by Australian enologist Chris Ringland, S...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Marqués de Griñon

    The Marqués de Griñon estate, in the family since 1292, was the first in Spain to be granted its ...

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Tempranillo on Snooth

  • Vinos Sin-Ley Tempranillo Blend Vinos de Madrid Zestos 2009

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    Fairly sweet and smoky, with an unexpected tannin finish. Flavors of grape juice, lemon, plum, and prune. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Bodegas Albanico Sinfonia Allegro Tempranillo Rose VdT de Castilla 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ramon Roqueta Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2008

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    This is another Catalonian wine of middling rank (about 6 Euros) which I ... ... of Bordeaux A. C. with the Tempranillo element somewhat attenuated. On the palate there is a bit of anise, fresh rolled cigar and cassis with tannin almost non existent. A good wine for ordinary fare and a good bargain for a reserve wine produced by a venerable ol... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Monte del Conde Crianza Ribera del Duero 2010

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    A Lot 18 Selection...just terrificdark and inky, every thing settled in and ... ... normally sensed in other Tempranillo Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2009

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    High acid - almost bitter. Ok after breathing Read More

    Wine review by wafricke


  • Bodegas Paniza Agoston Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This is a 50-50 blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet. The wine has 13.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure. The wine is a medium to deep ruby red color. The inviting nose has cherries, cassis, dried herbs, crushed stone minerals, baking spices, dark chocolate, fresh thyme and a touch of cedar. This has medium bo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The wines of Cariñena may be unknown to you, as they were to me until my ... friends. The Agoston 2013 Tempranillo and Cabernet blend, which was similarly priced, is approachable and satisfying, with clean red and purple fruit flavors, notes of spice, and balanced acidity. It has an overall soft and smooth character and is a solid red wine for ... Read More

    From the article Carinena's ready to Take Center Stage


  • We continue our ongoing interview series with the friends of Snooth today by ... di Montefalco. No, make that Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero...I mean from Rioja. But I do love a good Petite Sirah from California too. We could be here awhile. Snooth: Would you characterize your palate as new world, old world, or something in between? Why? JT... Read More

    From the article Getting to know: Jon Thorsen


  • Some of our favorite recent wonders include Tremo Rioja Tempranillo (2012). We only have one bottle left and must find more. Also bought several cases of Conte Ottavio Piccolomini Sangiovese (2012) from PRP Wines. We discovered this wonderful Italian wine when we attended a fund raiser for one of my orchestras (AMICCO on Anna Maria Island FL) an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Looking for...


  • Brand new to this site / group. Would welcome suggestions for good wine tasting events or venues in the NE Tucson area. Also would love to hook up with friends on Twitter @MoonstoneMary. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Looking for...


  • spanish red wine-los molinos,temprranillo,valdepenas.a must for pate and cheeses,very well balanced and full of flavour,available in spain at £1 a bottle,does anyone sell this locally,one of the nicest i have EVER tasted.

    Comment by 607257mr emmerton 607257 mr emmerton


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  • Yes, I do. Bodegas Paso Robles has a stellar, lower alcohol Tempranillo...and a Tempranillo Rose which is not to be missed. Wine maker, Dorothy Schuler take wine making seriously and buys only the finest grapes, from which she crafts her delicious array of Spanish and Portuguese wines. It is worth the trip to Paso Robles, CA. , just to sample h...

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  • Love the food friendliness of Tempranillo

    Comment by 377149CarmineFio 377149 CarmineFio


  • Yes, we were there visiting from the Laurence Welk Resort. I must say that we enjoyed the "lecture" on wines that Mick, and the other gentleman gave. Tom, who served the samples during the talk, was a very good server. Of all the wine tasting events we have been to, this one topped them all. Tom introduced us to your Belle Marie Tempranillo. ...

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  • Do you like the Rubens Tempranillo? I just enjoyed a bottle...very very dry, but enjoyable.

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