A shout-out to Tempranillo
From the root word “Temprano” which means “early” in Spanish, this grape ripens earlier in the season than most red grapes. Tempranillo goes by various names in different parts of Spain, such as, Tinta Del Toro, Tita del Pais, Tinta Fina and Tempranillo Peludo. Known as the “Noble grape” in Spain it originated in the Iberian Peninsula and was brought over by the Phoenicians. 80% of Tempranillo comes from Spain, with 20% grown in Portugal, Australia, California, Argentina, and Texas. Tempranillo vines and Rioja winemaking skills have made their way to Australia in recent years, producing very impressive wines.
Believed to have been brought to the New World by conquistadors, Tempranillo is now doing very well in the Hill Country and High Plains where soils compare to those in Northern Spain. This is one of the most widely planted grapes in Texas in recent years. The acidity is the muscles of the wine. This grape produces wines that are savory and masculine with notes of dark fruits, dried fig, leather, sweet tobacco leaf, vanilla and cigar box. You’ll notice a medium to full body with medium to high tannin structure and low acidity. With the body and tannin levels, this wine pairs with cured meats, BBQ, spicy and tomato-based dishes, Spanish-style tapas, and grilled vegetables.
Whether you’re new to the varietal or a longtime fan, I’d love to hear what you think about Texas Tempranillo! We’ve made it easier than ever to try… here are a handful that are available for purchase online, directly from the producers for doorstep delivery.
2019 Tempranillo by Whisper Path Cellars
The 2019 Tempranillo is made with 100% Texas Tempranillo grapes. Ruby red in color, this wine has rich aromas of black cherry, cigar, black pepper and dried flowers. With flavors of cherry, fig and spices, this medium-bodied wine pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes while still a smooth drinking wine on its own. Pairs perfectly with grilled meats or a simple cheese and charcuterie board. Learn more about Whisper Path Cellars
2017 Tempranillo, Jobreguen Vineyard by Llano Estacado
This wine is purple in color with aromas of bright red fruit, baking spices, and cedar. This medium bodied wine is high in alcohol with concentrated blue and black fruit flavors on the palate. Pairs with BBQ brisket, smoked pork, carne asada, chili, and strong cheese. Learn more about Llano Estacado
2021 Tempranillo 3 Bottle Bundle
Limestone’, ‘Sandstone’ and ‘Volcanic’ are part of the brand’s Texas Collection. The Texas Collection is a set of 3 distinct wines, each one from a unique vineyard, each in a different growing region of Texas. The same grape variety, the same winemaking practices, and each one a totally different expression of Tempranillo. Get all 3 to taste the terroir of Texas: Limestone, Sandstone, and Volcanic. Order this bundle for the holidays, it’s the perfect gift or a great set of wines for a holiday dinner. We are offering free shipping when you order this bundle. Learn more about Alta Marfa
Pordosol by Adega Vinho
The brands’ Signature Blend, which translates to Sunset in Portuguese! This non-vintage wine is a 50/50 blend of Tempranillo & Mourvèdre. Medium bodied with solid tannins and moderate acidity. Notes of red fruit, spice and leather. This wine pairs perfectly with seasoned rotisserie chicken and au gratin potatoes. Learn more about Adega Vinho
These showcase a wide range of terrier across the state, as well as the degree to which winemaking techniques and styles influence the final product. Cheers!