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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  • Ah, enjoying a relaxing B & B stay while drinking wine.  That is the ... lots of decent wines (Syrah, Tempranillo, Malbec, Pinot Noir, etc.) and about a dozen Belgian beers to choose from, along with shrimp, cheese, salami and other tasty things to eat.  I almost forgot to go out on the deck to take a few pictures as we started heading out on ... Read More

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  • Montebuena Rioja 2012


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo 2013


    Rough finish. Read More

    Wine review by jrobinson411

  • Antano Rioja Crianza 2012


    These modern Spanish wines continue to impress me for the value and quality combination most sought after by rational consumers (if I may be so bold). This inexpensive Crianza has more forward oak (hence tannin) on the palate, with cranberry and cherry in fair abundance. The nose has similar fruit characteristics. A very popular, every day win... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most ... a lot of Garnacha instead of Tempranillo, is pretty warm. Today, people are bottling monovarietal Garnacha there and it should be different from anywhere else. I would dearly love to taste some from BC because I can't believe it would thrive ther Read More

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  • Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Tempranillo Blend Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5° 2010


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  • ...  There are several Tempranillo and Carmeneres now Read More

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  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • Burgo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2010


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja 2005


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    Wine review by martins2002

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