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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  • I spend a lot of time dissuading my toddler from eating Play-Doh. However, I ... the recipe.Recommended Wine:Tempranillo will teach you a thing or two about tannins, not to mention dark luscious fruits. I was very impressed by this one from the Santa Ynez Valley.  It's 84% Tempranillo buttressed by Syrah (8%), Grenache (4%) and Merlot (4%), ag... Read More

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  • Longoria Tempranillo Santa Ynez Valley 2015


    A touch of toast and tar on the nose in front of red fruit notes of cranberry and red currant, dried herb and black pepper. Warm, silky palate on entry develops some edges in the mouth with earthy tar notes coming through alongside fresh red currant fruit. This is nicely balanced with medium tannins grabbing the mid palate before a creamy earthy... Read More

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  • Ervideira Lusitano Selecao 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for £6 from a shop in Calais.It is from the ... ... ... in northern Portugal and tempranillo in Spain] trincadeira, and cabernet sauvignon though I do not know in what proportions and spent 4 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of beef stew. It is a full bodied wine with a nice deep... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Vinha da Urze Douro 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Calais for 6 euros.It comes from ... ... tinta roriz [known as tempranillo in Spain] and 25% touriga nacional,all grapes traditional to Portugal.and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken thighs.There is plenty of a cherry and bramble style fruit with more t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Marques de Cáceres Gran Reserva Rioja 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Don Simon Selection Tempranillo NV


    What a disappointment! Overly tannic, disappointing for a tempranillo. Screw top was positive. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Federico Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva Marques de la Concordia 2006


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Sanz la Capital Roble Vinos de Madrid Do Vinos Sanz 2014


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  • Raices Tempranillo Crianza Valdepenas 2014


    Lightly candied cherry and floral notes with a warm pie filling character with a creamy vanilla note. Soft, pleasant and red fruited on the palate with cherry, raspberry and red currant with a white blossom and vanilla notes, earthy tannins and mixed spice and a soft cherry finish. Very approachable, easy drinking and nicely fruity. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bodega Matsu El Picaro Toro 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • 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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