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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  • Finca Sobreno Ecologico Organic Toro 2017


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Montecillo Gran Reserva 2009


    Nice. moderate level of red berry fruit on entry. Good tartness. Tannins are, pretty much, diminished. While there is not any complexity here, it is a pleasant enough wiine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • El Guardian 'Reserve' Rioja Spain Tempranillo 2011


    WOW! what a stunning grape, smooth, sanguine and aloof Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Baron de Ley Finca Monasterio Rioja 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Tierra Crianza Rioja Alavesa 2014


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  • Pintia Toro Tempos Vega Sicilia 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to ... ... Curser had a Tannat and a Tempranillo but they weren't pouring the Tannat when I got there. However, their wines weren't bad. We kind of interrupted a special tasting some girls were having but the winemaker talked to us about his vines and wines. I planned to go back... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries

  • I'm sure he went to Moon Curser where they do a Tempranillo, Carmenere and Touriga Nacional.....how's that for weird and "Canadian"? Read More

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  • Yep. Already contacted Moon Curser - they make Tempranillo. We'll check out La Stella if we can. Also looking to see Desert Hills and Covert - they make Zin and Gamay.Looking at Nk'Mip, Burrowing Owl, Gehringer, Black Hills, Desert Hills, Hester Creek. Basically picked because of their grape varieties - Cab Franc, Rhone grapes, etc.Any thoughts?... Read More

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  • Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja Doca 2014


    The Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva presents a soft scent of wild pin cherry, plum and red huckleberry. Entry is also very soft with a touch of dipped cigar and red berry fruit (as just described).Tannin is very light... no prominent oak. A mature, extremely approachable wine. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • spanish red wine-los molinos,temprranillo,valdepenas.a must for pate and cheeses,very well balanced and full of flavour,available in spain at £1 a bottle,does anyone sell this locally,one of the nicest i have EVER tasted.

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  • Yes, I do. Bodegas Paso Robles has a stellar, lower alcohol Tempranillo...and a Tempranillo Rose which is not to be missed. Wine maker, Dorothy Schuler take wine making seriously and buys only the finest grapes, from which she crafts her delicious array of Spanish and Portuguese wines. It is worth the trip to Paso Robles, CA. , just to sample h...

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  • Love the food friendliness of Tempranillo

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  • Yes, we were there visiting from the Laurence Welk Resort. I must say that we enjoyed the "lecture" on wines that Mick, and the other gentleman gave. Tom, who served the samples during the talk, was a very good server. Of all the wine tasting events we have been to, this one topped them all. Tom introduced us to your Belle Marie Tempranillo. ...

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  • Do you like the Rubens Tempranillo? I just enjoyed a bottle...very very dry, but enjoyable.

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