Tempanillo is known by a slew of aliases within its ancestral home, Spain. Whether it’s Tinta Roriz, Tinta de Toro or Cencibel, it’s all the same grape and the variety of names merely shows its ability to travel and thrive within the varied regions of Spain.
When combined with Rioja’s unique levels of ageing, Tempranillo grapes are capable of everything from juicy red fruit wines to full on dried fig, cinnamon and leather. It’s grown throughout Spain and there are few finer examples than those from Ribera del Duero; although, be sure to look out for Tempranillo from both Australia and Argentina though.
Its popularity goes from strength to strength and, with the world’s changing climates, is finding new homes all over the world, thanks to its tolerance to dry and arid conditions. There are over 575,000 acres of this grape, producing wines with classic flavours of cherry, cedar and tobacco.
Clearly, Tempranillo’s home is Rioja where it is the ruler of them all.