Wine Grapes: Tempranillo


Pronunciation: Tem Prah Nee Yoh

Planted in: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Malta, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand


Spain’s most famous grape, responsible for the majority of its most famous reds. Medium-sized to large compact bunches of small, thick-skinned berries. Relatively fertile. Early budding and ripening. Yields range from medium to high according to the site. Sensitive to the wind and to extreme drought. Susceptible to powdery mildew and to Eutypa dieback but generally resistant to botrytis bunch rot. High yields reduce color and fruit intensity as well as acidity.

Recommended producers of varietal wines include Artadi, Abel Mendoza, Finca Allende, Fernando Remirez de Ganuza, Roda, Senorio de San Vicente and Sierra Cantabria in Rioja.


Source: Wine Grapes 
A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavors
Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamouz
Published by the Penguin Group

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