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...

  • Catalunya

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • USA

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

Popular Wineries using Tempranillo

  • Bodegas Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Marqués de Griñon

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

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

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

  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • Bodegas Juan Gil

    Juan Gil winery is located in the heart of the vineyard, in the north hillside De Cerezo which be...

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Tempranillo on Snooth

  • Ardales Bodegas Aruspide Vino de la Tierra Castilla Tempranillo 2008

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    Sweet and candied on the nose with lots of carob, cola, and vanilla notes. This is more nutty than fruity. Interesting in the mouth, this shows off very fine edged tannins and juicy acids but theres not much there to help cover the structure. The fruit is fresh but very faint, a touch of slightly jammy strawberry on the palate surrounded by wood... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Venta Morales Tempranillo 2013

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    Slightly fruity nose. Dry and smokey on the front. A smooth but tart cherry flavor hits the sides of your tongue, but finishes with chocolate and bitters. Great value for the price. Haven't paired it with any foods yet, suspect it wouldn't stand up to anything heavy or spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Karlgriffin


  • Carlos Serres Rioja Serres 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by 1490625Vespertius 1490625 Vespertius


  • Piggy Bank Tempranillo

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    No written review

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  • Vina Eguia Tempranillo 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by 1490625Vespertius 1490625 Vespertius


  • Bodegas Valsardo Ribera del Duero Reserva Superior 2001

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    Big and beautiful. It opens up for hours upon hours. I drank this over the course of about 5 hours and each sip opened up new flavor nuances. This is a very well made and complex wine. It was a WTSO.com purchase. Read More

    Wine review by stephen2208


  • Bodegas Eguren Protocolo Red 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2005

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    I liked this one because of low acid easy yet rich and quite affordable. We had it with snapper tacos and it worked excellently with the spiciness. The bottle I bought was 17$ though. Read More

    Wine review by perfectlywright


  • Finca Nueva Rioja Crianza 2010

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    Dusty leather, cinnamon, oak, dry dark berry. I like this wine for the price. $12.99 Read More

    Wine review by Planitadams


  • Telmo Rodriguez Dehesa Gago Tinto de Toro 2010

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    Lots of fresh blackberry and plum notes - kind of jammy on the nose, akin to beaujolais. Dark ruby colour. Described as a "rambunctious wine" by the wine maker, we found this one to be deep and acidic on the palate with fruit, some mint, and rough tannin. This wine doesn't get any oak, even though we all swore we tasted it (this might be a good ... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • 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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