Cards of Wine

Tempranillo (Spain)

Tempranillo is the red grape behind the Rioja wines of Spain.




Raspberry. Blueberry. Red/Black Currant.
Red/Black Cherry. Plum.
Leather. Tobacco.

Food Pairing

Spanish Lamb and Pork dishes. Mexican. Indian.
Tapas. Olives. Chorizo. Marinated Mushrooms.
Tomato Based Meatballs. Lasagna. Pizza. Spaghetti.
Chilli con Carne. Tacos. Nachos. Burritos.

Spanish Sheep Cheese. Manchego. Roncal. Pecorino Toscano.

Filet Mignon pairs well with Tempranillo because it is lean meat, and Tempranillo lacks the heavy tannins that work best with fattier meats.

  Serving temperatures:
  16-18°C (61-64°F)


Tempranillo is the third most planted grape in the world.
The name comes from Spanish "temprano" which means early and refers to early ripening.

Tempranillo aka Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, and Tinta del Pais in Spain. Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal.

Tempranillo is Spain`s noble grape variety, just like Cabernet Sauvignon is to France. It grows best in the cooler wine areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Wine made with Tempranillo grapes has a flavor of berries with medium acidity. During storing, Tempranillo can develop sweet, spicy, leather, or tobacco flavors.

Tempranillo wines are softer than Bordeax and dryer than Bourgogne wines. Medium acidity and moderate tannins make these wines tasty, easy to like and easy to pair with many types of food.