Cards of Wine

World Famous Grapes

Tempranillo
(Tinta de Toro)

Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the most planted red grape variety in Spain.

It is the grape behind the success of the Rioja wines.

Tinta de Toro is the name used in the Toro region in central Spain.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry

Herbs
Herbs
Licorice
Licorice
Spices
Spices
Minerals
Minerals

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cocoa
Cocoa
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Cherries and Red and Black Berries are typical Tempranillo flavors.

Hints of Herbs, Licorice, Spices, and Minerals.

Tempranillo Regions

Rioja Crianza DOCa 60-80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha
Rioja Reserva DOCa 60-80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha
Ribera del Duero DO 90-100% Tempranillo
Toro DO 90-100% Tempranillo

About Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the noble grape variety of Spain, just like Cabernet Sauvignon is to France, and it is also the third most planted wine grape in the world.

Tempranillo is largely grown in Spain, where it thrives best in the cooler wine regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

The name comes from Spanish "temprano" which means "early" and refers to early ripening.

Young Tempranillo wine has medium color, moderat acidity, and a fine berry-like character, while aged Tempranillo often develops a sweet spicy, leather and tobacco-like flavor.

Tempranillo wines are generally softer and rounder than Bordeaux wines, but drier than Burgundy wines.

Medium acidity and moderate tannins make Tempranillo wines round and soft, with a spicy aftertaste. The wines are easy to like, and easy to pair with many types of food.

Synonyms

Tempranillo is also called "Ull de Llebre" (means Eye of the Hare), "Cencibel", "Tinta del Pais", "Tinta de Toro", Tinta Fina" in Spain, and "Aragonez" or "Tinta Roriz" in Portugal (used in Port wine).

Tempranillo DNA

According to researchers at the CSIC University of La Rioja, the genetic parents of Tempranillo are Albillo Mayor and Benedicto.

Terroir

Tempranillo loves calcareous clay soils but performs well also in limestone, chalck and iron rich ones.

The better performance in the world is in "La Rioja" and "Ribeira del Duero", Spain.