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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  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the idea to pair up Greg and a friend from the Netherlands who was in San Diego for a convention, due to their interest in Tokaj, and it seemed to work well, everyone having a good time.Lessons Learned: Harslevelu is good stuff, and probably my new favorite white wine gra... Read More

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  • Katalonien Spanien Sumarroca Rot Tempranillo 2007


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    Wine review by Tom Hartmann

  • Adega Cartuxa Pera-Manca Tinto 2008


    Fantastic wine. Special!!! Read More

    Wine review by MURILOAL

  • Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita 2013


    Biased, I was previously enamored with all Portuguese reds. Then, I had this one and the love fest is over. The acid never diminished. It was a rather lightly colored red in the glass with a bit of a floral attack on the nose, but disappointing. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011


    For the price this is a great Spanish wine. Wonderful to drink with blackberry and vanilla flavors followed by a lovely silky velvety finish. Great value for a great drinkable wine. I drank the wine in April 2015 but this wine will be good for another 5 years at least. Read More

    Wine review by LiamZurich

  • Numanthia-Termes Toro Termes 2008


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    Wine review by wlopez62

  • Bodegas Balbas Ribera del Duero Crianza 2006


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    Wine review by gntop1

  • James, would love to hear the details of that Pouilly Fume once your feet touch ... on the list behind airen and tempranillo.Not a whole lot of aroma on this. The palate is mainly ripe dark berries, ripe rhubarb, some earthiness, a bit of leather, grippy mouth drying tannins, medium acidity and a medium finish. Kind of reminds me of a medium to... Read More

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  • In a country known for its white wines, one New Zealand college is trying to ... to ... characters: Spanish tempranillo, Austrian gruner veltliner, a new clone of Chardonnay, a Madeira grape called Verdelho, Muscat a Petits Grains, lagrein from Northern Italy and a St. Laurent planted in 2012 to replace some vigorous growing syrah/shiraz from... Read More

    From the article Kiwi University Seeing First Fruits of Vine Experiment

  • Rioja remains one of the very last bastions of value when it comes to ... a ... a Crianza for that matter. Tempranillo, the main grape of Rioja, does produce a structured wine, rich in tannins and acids, so it’s no surprise that these wines are ageworthy. What might be surprising though is that a Reserva may not age any better than a Crianza. ... Read More

    From the article Rioja Wines are Brimming with Value

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