What is Tempranillo?

Tempranillo is a thick-skinned, black grape that is native to Spain. The name Tempranillo means “little early one”, referencing the grapes tendency to ripen early. It grows quite vigorously, which means crop thinning and pruning is necessary. The wine produced is full bodied with medium tannins and acidity, and is often oaked. Major producers include Spain, Australia, Oregon, and California. It is the main grape in Rioja wine.

Style of Tempranillo

Tempranillo can be bottled on its own; however, it is often blended with Grenache and Carignan.

Aromas & Flavors

Typical aromas include plum, blackberry, vanilla, herbal, and leather. The flavor profile includes plum, strawberry, cherry, vanilla, all spice, leather, and earth.

Food Pairing

Mexican food, tapas, pork, and pizza tend to go well with Tempranillo.

ABV & Calorie Count

The alcohol by volume (ABV) content is usually around 13% to 14.5%. The calorie count is around 120 calories for a 5 ounce glass.