tem-prah-NEE-lyoh]. An important red wine grape native to northern Spain and widely
cultivated in the northern and central parts of that country. Tempranillo produces its
best results in the cooler growing regions of Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta, RIBERA DEL DUERO,
and parts of PENČDES.
In these areas, Tempranillo can generate deep-colored wines with characteristics of
and fresh TOBACCO.
Because of its lower ACID and ALCOHOL
levels, Tempranillo is usually blended with other grape varieties. It's a principal
component in the famous RIOJA wines,
which are usually blended with Garnacha (GRENACHE),
Mazuelo, and GRACIANO.
It's also the dominant red variety of VALDEPEŅAS and LA MANCHA;
both areas call the grape Cencibel. In different regions of Spain, Tempranillo goes
by various names including Ojo de Liebre, Tinto Fino, Tinto del Pais, Tinto de Toro,
and Ull de Llebre. Argentina is one of the few places outside of Spain where
Tempranillo is widely planted. In the Portugese regions of Alentejo (where this grape's
called Aragonez) and DOURO (where
it's known as Tinta Roriz), Tempranillo's a minor grape used in PORT
production. There's speculation that Valdepeņas, a secondary grape used for JUG WINES in
California, might actually be Tempranillo.