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Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a versatile and widely planted red wine grape variety. Originating in Spain, it is grown in many wine regions around the world and is known for its rustic, earthy character and medium to full-bodied wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Tempranillo grapes tend to be deep-coloured with a thick skin, making them mostly resistant to botrytis bunch rot. They have a moderate sugar content and low to moderate acidity. On the nose, Tempranillo wines often present aromas of blackberry, cherry, plum, leather, tobacco, and spice. On the palate, they tend to be medium-bodied with flavours of red and black fruits, herbs, tobacco, earth, and spice.

Fresh Tempranillo grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Tempranillo is widely planted in Spain, where it is also known as Tinto Fino, as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz. It is also grown in other parts of Europe, South America and Australia. Tempranillo is a hardy grape variety that is relatively easy to grow and can tolerate a wide range of soil types. Yields range from medium to high according to the site and soil type. It is often blended with other varieties, such as Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon and is used in a variety of styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied and tannic. In Spain, Tempranillo is typically blended with other varieties to produce Rioja, Ribera del Duero and other regional styles. In Portugal, it is blended with Touriga Nacional to produce Port and Douro wines. In the New World, Tempranillo is often vinified on its own and can produce wines with intense fruit flavours and well-integrated oak. Tempranillo wines pair well with a variety of foods, including grilled meats, stews, and cheeses. They also pair well with tomato-based dishes, as the tannins and acidity can help to cut through the richness of the sauce.

Foods to pair with Tempranillo:

Pasta
Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Tempranillo
As of 2018, Tempranillo is the third most planted grape variety in the world. World wide 231.000 hectares of vineyards are planted with Tempranillo, of which 203.000 hectares are found in Spain.

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