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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  • USA

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

  • 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...

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery

      Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, ...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

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  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Herencia Remondo Crianza la Montesa 2002


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    Wine review by tpcello7

  • D Vogler, I never did get to Waiheke Island when I was in NZ, although I have ... gave him a La Linea Norteno Tempranillo 2009, which is an Australian take on the Spanish stalwart. He didn't complain, but you get the feeling he would prefer a Shiraz, Cabernet, or even Pinot Noir)As I said in a previous post, I am off to the Noosa International... Read More

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  • Gundlach Bundschu Tempranillo Sonoma Valley 2011


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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  • Hazana "Tradicion" Rioja 2011


    This is pretty much what you'd expect for a $10 Rioja. Somewhat light and simple with a nice fruity nose and some red and black cherries. There's a bit of spice on the back end with medium tannins and a short to medium finish. It's not going to blow you away but it is fairly decent for some mid-week quaffing - needs food to go with. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Welcome Will of the band of Nottingham brothers! More recently of the Santa ... find $4 bottles of Spanish tempranillo that serve me better than many, many California bottles that cost four or five times as much. There in Boulder are you able to find anything from Europe tin your price range that also tickles your palat Read More

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  • Yes GT, currently the exchange rate is actually in favour of most currencies as ... as ... in favour of Spanish Tempranillo, Burgundy,and local wines. Luckily I didn't buy the wine to sell later. I bought them to taste from great vintages and to share with friend Read More

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  • I am a freelance writer living in Boulder CO.  Went to grad school in Santa Barbara 40 years agowhen we could get a perfectly drinkable chardonnay for around $2.I have traveled in Europe, incl. France, Italy and Spain, so I am partial to wines from those countries.Recently re-introduced to CA wines.  I like old vine zins very much.  My budget is... Read More

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  • Tapena Tempranillo 2011


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    Wine review by Mayling05

  • Bodegas Flaco Tempranillo 2011


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