Tempranillo - Red Wine Grape

Tempranillo, Spain's signature grape...

Many think that Tempranillo originated in northern Spain. Tempranillo is found in northern and central Spain especially in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavea regions, in northern and southeast Portugal in the Alentejo and Douro regions, and in southern France in the Midi/Aude region. It is an important variety in Argentina, and is also planted in California and Australia.

Classic Image of Tempranillo Grapes Tempranillo image first published in Traité général de viticulture : ampélographie / publiée sous la direction de P. Viala ; secrétaire général V. Vermorel, avec la collaboration de A. Bacon.. [et al] Paris: Masson et Cie, 1901-1910.
vol. 6 plate 66

Illustration courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, Wine Literature of the World website.

Tempranillo grapes provide a deeply colored, dry, long-lived wine with moderate levels of acid and alcohol. Because its taste is relatively neutral it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Merlot, and lesser known varieties. In Portugal, Tempranillo is often transformed into Port.

Tempranillo may accompany Olives, Beef Wellington, Spare Ribs, Roast Lamb, Spanish Sausage, and Spanish Ham. Port may accompany a very wide range of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, depending on its sweetness and production method, much more than on the grape variety or varieties used.

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