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What is it famous for?
In Europe, the name of a region or village is often more famous than the grapes that grow there. So if you haven’t heard of Tempranillo don’t worry, but you’ve surely heard of the region, Rioja - Tempranillo grapes are the Number One variety grown there.
The Spanish word “temprana” means early ripening, so this grape likes warm climates.
Where does it grow?
It grows extensively in Spain, but particularly in Rioja and Ribeiro del Duero. The Spanish word “temprana” means early ripening, so this grape likes warm climates.
It also grows in Portugal, particularly in the Douro Valley, where it is known as Tinta Roriz; and in the south of Portugal where it is called Aragonês. You can also find it increasingly in Australia.
What does it taste like?
Soft, rich, plummy and spicy. It loves oak (mainly American oak but also French) which brings lovely dill and vanilla aromas.
Tastes great with:
All kinds of Spanish and Iberian food from grilled lamb or pork meatballs to seafood paella and Padrón peppers.
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