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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Wine writer (and HR exec). I write a weekly column for Huffington Post, wine book reviews for NY Journal of Books, and my blog is http://www.RJonWine.com. I have over 38,000 tasting notes on CellarTracker, where I'm the most "favorited" TN author.

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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

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Bodegas El Nido

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

  • Numanthia

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

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

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Tempranillo on Snooth

  • Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo Rioja 2011

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    Aromatic, light tannins, easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by Tetyana Miroshnichenko


  • Wow. Lots to consider here. To start with the simplest - Emark - it wasn't ... on your plant like the white Tempranillo. A few years ago I had a pink rose in the garden and one day came outside to see that it had one branch where each pink blossom had a single red petal. It was pretty and unusual so I rooted a few cuttings. Unfortunately, they... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


  • It's that very radiation that gave GregT his super powers.  (Hey, ... ... by seeds, we wind up with Tempranillo blanco right before our eyes.  One more fascinating thing about grapes and the drink they produce.  And it's great to have so many folks who will geek out on this stuf Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


  • We finished off the 2011 Bokisch Tempranillo. As I suspected it went very well with our Wagyu Tri-Tip and grilled Veggies. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bonny Doon a Proper Claret 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by libraryhill


  • Tonight it looks like I am drinking a 2013 Lange Twiins Sauvignon Blanc and a 2011 Bokisch Tempranillo. Was secretly hoping for the Old Vine Zin and the Field Flend White but hey, no complaints here! Read More

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  • Nice examples here!  And GregT takes the prize for his massive collection. ... collection. ... reds like Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Barbera.   I have seemed to maintain that palate for reds, except now Pinot Noir is at the top of my drinking list.  It must be a lighter, balanced, low alcohol pinot.  I appreciate a good Sauv Blanc (but struggl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How has your cellar changed?


  • Different clones do have small mutations, it's what makes them ... ... characteristic, like a white Tempranillo, and that stays stable.  The reason is that there has been a genetic mutation in that area.  (See: Mosaic DNA.) For most of us, the only time a mutation happens in a somatic cell, it's bad news: Cancer.  But not always:  I have a fri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


  • Jen - there are a few wineries down there. Calahan (sp?) is one of the ... ... others. They've planted Tempranillo, Syrah, and many other better-known grapes.They have, or they had, a real problem with Pierce's disease, and that's one thing that's kept Arizona from being a better-known wine making state. But let us know what you find.And speak... Read More

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  • Pallas Tempranillo 2012

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    J n J wines. Chambers and ChambersGood wine for $9 Read More

    Wine review by Wine Surfer


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