The origins and characteristics of this popular grape variety
This grape variety appeared during the Middle Ages, somewhere between the regions of Rioja and Aragon, in Spain. Just like cabernet sauvignon, it is the result of crossbreeding a white grape variety (ribera del duero) with a dark variety (benedicto). The name tempranillo is derived from the spanish word temprano, which means early, referring to the fact that this grape variety matures quickly.
The skin of these grapes is thick but remains sensitive to fungus diseases. Therefore, a warm, dry climate is ideal for its production. Mainly cultivated in Spain, tempranillo can also be found in Argentina (mainly in the region of Mendoza), in Australia and in Canada (mainly British Columbia and Ontario).
This grape variety produces colourful wines with a delicate perfume similar to pinot noir. On the palate, these wines have a moderate acidity and a good tannic structure with aromas of red berries (mainly strawberry and strawberry jam), dried fruits as well as notes of leather, tobacco and spices.
Food & Wine Pairing
Enjoy it with braised meats, grilled vegetables (especially mushrooms, fennel and peppers) as well as pastas with bacon and dried tomatoes.