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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  • Artadi Rioja Orobio 2004


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    Wine review by orageno

  • Montebuena Tempranillo Rioja 2006


    My wife and I are planning an upcoming vacay to Spain this summer, so I wanted to get an early start on some "research".This was a great first selection, very drinkable and smooth, paired well with the American brie I'm snacking on. Good price point. Read More

    Wine review by WuJuice

  • Tikalo Alba Liza Tinto 2006


    65% Tempranillo 35% Grenachescents of cherry and oakdry, a bit smoky Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2005


    scents of berries, spice, leather, and barnyarddry with cherry and mochanice licorice finish Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Cepunto Tinto Joven 2005


    Cepunto Tinto Joven 2005 was prodcued for the request of Wein & Vinos ine the ... ... la Mancha region. This Tempranillo is of deep red color, ripe fruit aroma can be ised as a table wine to pizza, pastas et Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

  • Vina Ardanza 2000


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    Wine review by amberlie price

  • Cavas Valmar Tempranillo 2009


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    Wine review by elle27

  • Marques Dl Concordia 2005


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    Wine review by Benski

  • Viña Solorca Tempranillo Ribera del Duero Crianza 1998


    Really hard to find vintage these days, but fantastic if you can get your hands on the 2001 or 2002. Read More

    Wine review by Natalie Kronick

  • Celler Piñol Red Blend Terra Alta Ludovicus 2007


    A light-medium bodied wine with the clean mouthfeel and taste of cranberry juice. It is nicely spiced and herbaceous with rosemary dominating the bouquet. The finish is lengthy and has the tingle and wonderful bitterness of grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by chazlupei

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