The mighty Tempranillo grape is indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines. It is planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough to celebrate International Tempranillo Day today, November 12.
Until recently, this noble grape’s entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. Perhaps others were confused by the 60 or more regional synonyms for Tempranillo, which in itself may be a record worth celebrating. But things have changed: knowledge of this noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils. Tempranillo today is grown in many more countries including the United States, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, France, Portugal, Turkey, Canada, China, Thailand, and more. And that’s why we now have International Tempranillo Day.
Here in Livermore Valley many wineries produce Tempranillo, including several award-winners.
Caddis 2012 Tempranillo draws its fruit from the Frydendal Vineyard in the heart of Livermore Valley, producing a great full-bodied Tempranillo delivering aroma and flavors of blackberry, black plum, pepper and smoke. This is a great food wine. The price is $38.
Fenestra 2010 Tempranillo from Livermore Valley is loaded with fruit aromas and flavors including cherry, strawberry, pomegranate and cranberry plus nice spices. The price is $33.
Fenestra 2010 Tempranillo from Lodi was awarded the Best Tempranillo of California at the 2015 California State Fair. Enjoy the black cherry, nutmeg and fig in tis full bodied wine. The price is $22.
Las Positas Vineyards 2012 Estate Tempranillo is an award-winning wine with Best of Class of Region at the 2015 California State Fair and Best of Class at the Alameda County Fair. Las Positas has been producing great Tempranillo since they first opened and this wine continues the tradition with flavors of cherry, plum, tobacco and cherry cola. The price is $38.
Longevity 2012 Livermore Valley Tempranillo comes from grapes across the street from the winery. You will enjoy the deep rich color leading to aroma and flavors of blackberry and plum with good acidity and nice minerality. The price is $29.
For more information:
- Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
- Caddis Wine
- Fenestra Winery
- Las Positas Vineyards
- Longevity Wines