Native to Spain and affiliated to illustrious wine regions such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero, the Tempranillo grape variety is considered as Spain’s premium red variety. It can produce a broad range of wine styles – from light, strawberry-scented ‘quaffing’ wines to dark, brooding Reservas with enough tannin to age for decades. Its name alludes to the fact that it ripens early (temprano means ‘early’), which is important in the cool, higher altitudes of Rioja and Ribeira. View our range.
In Rioja there are several quality levels, depending on the length of time spent in oak. It is known as Cencibel in other Spanish regions, and as Tinto Roriz in Portugal where it is one of the better grapes used to make Port. Although happiest on its own turf, it has had some success in Mendoza, in Argentina, and elsewhere.
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