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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  • 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

  • Bodegas Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

  • Raimat

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

  • Bodegas Juan Gil

    Juan Gil winery is located in the heart of the vineyard, in the north hillside De Cerezo which be...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

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Tempranillo on Snooth

  • Senorio de Unuela Reserva Edicion Limitada Reserva Edicion Limitada Bodegas Patrocinio Spanien Rioja Roda Viner. Kryddiga & Mustiga Tempranillo 2001


    Deep rich blood red in color. The nose shows strong anise, deep black cherry notes, raspberries and cinnamon. I want to keep my nose in this glass all night long. A succulent and rich wine that is elegant and well balanced. In the mouth flavors of rich cinnamon, raspberry, black cherries, and more all mingle and dance. Soft overall and delicious... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Traslanzas Cigales 2001


    Deep maroon in color with flashes of red at the rim. The nose shows funky earth with cherries, blueberries and mint. Fine firm tannins aith a medium acidity. The palate is clean an simple with anise, blue and black berries, and rich smokey oak. Well made and a surprising wine from a virtually unknown appellation. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Abadia Retuerta Tempranillo Blend Vino de la Tierra Castilla Y León Rívola 2002


    Deep inky purple in color. The nose shows anise, minty chocolate, and a rich deep raspberry character. Light funky earth and pencil lead round out this wine. Rich in the mouth with high acidity and firm fine tannins. The palate is expansive and interesting, showing raspberry, black raspberry, anise, some toasted oak, and blueberries. Alcohol is ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodega Dos Victorias Toro Elías Mora Crianza 2002


    Deep marronish red in color. The nose is blackcherry with funky vanilla-chocolate, and rich dark fruits that seem hidden behind it all. In teh mouth the vanilla and chocolate come forward with a high acidity and thick rich tannins. In the beginning it seems a bit hollow and needs some air to open when black raspberries, and other rich spices com... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Fontana la Mancha Fontal Crianza 2002


    85% tempranillo 15% cabernet sauvignon 12 months US oak Deep maroonish in color. the nose shows a rich raspberry, with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and minty chocolate. Medium tannins and a soft mid weight acidity help support the nice fruit.Ffresh raspberries and light cinnamon follow the nose onto the palate. Alcohol is noticable on the pal... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Luberri Cepas Viejas Rioja 2003


    Thick deep color with a nose that is explosive full of fruit, pepper, chocolate and more furit. Sweet fine tannins, and an high acidty that gives way to big cherry fruit, blackberries, cocoa, spice, and minerals. Rich and dense this is a fun wine and something special. 4.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Luberri Rioja Cepas Viejas 2001


    Dark in color almost like an ink well. Deep aromas of cherry, raspberry and light mineral spice. Strong tannins with good acidty. Rich and packed tight with fruit. Overall a nice wine though the finish is short and I feel like the depth is not there for this wine to age too long. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Luberri Rioja Monje Amestoy Reserva 2002


    Only one year in bottle. Dark in color with a closed nose, that slowly reveals smoke, minerals, earth, and perserved fruits. Well layered and I wish I could have some time to see this wine develop. Fine rich tannins, with a high acidty and full of fruit on the palate. Big cherry flavors densely pack with spice and earth. Fun wine, I look forward... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Jiménez Landi Méntrida 2004


    Merlot 50% Tempranillo 35% Syrah 15% - 65% French oak, 35% American Oak for 7months Deep and dark as night. The nose is rich with w/pepper, minerals, dry nuts, and light tabbaco all followed by a mild earthiness. Rich in the mouth with fresh acidity and sweet firm tannins. Flavors of cherry, cranberry, deep dark cherry perserves, and mint. Inter... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Pedro Luis Martinez Jumilla Alceño Tinto 2005


    Monastrell, Syrah, Tempranillo Purplish red and very clear. The nose is of dusty earth, light wood, and muted fruit. In the mouth the acidity is fresh and lively with reaspberry, blackberry, and light pepper flavors. Simple and easy to drink. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

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