TempranilloAll products from this varietal
Tempranillo is a thick-skinned red grape variety that makes intensevly colored wines with medium tannin level. Those wines result in flavors ranging from raspberries, bleuberries and cherries to prunes, cacao and tobacco depending on vine age and terroir.
Ribera del Duero is an important wine-growing region in Castile Leone, in northern Spain. Its reputation is largely due to the high quality of the red wines, which are mainly produced from Tempranillo grapes. The best wines are known all over the world. This region as a manufacturing area did not receive DO status until 1982. This despite a long history of winemaking, which is based on the leading local producer Bodegas Vega Sicilia. The winery's outstanding Unico wine is considered the king of local wines and is one of the finest in Spain. While some wines may come close to it in quality, no one can boast such a long tradition and history. Vega Sicilia was founded in 1864 and was a pioneer in the region. Ribera del Duero is located in the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula, 800 meters above sea level. “Ribera del Duero” means “coast of Duero” and the river really forms this region. It also provides local vineyards with much-needed water.
Castile and Leon is located in the north of the central Pyrenees and is the largest of 17 regional regions in Spain, covering about a fifth of the total territory in the country. The Autonomous Community of Castile and León emerged in 1983 when two historic provinces were united: León and Castilla la Vieja. The region is dominated by red wines and the king is undoubtedly the Tempranillo grape. Here he is known by different names: Tinta del Pais, Tinto de Toro and Tinto Fino. The white wines of Castile and Leon are much smaller than the reds, but they are no less prestigious. They are made mainly from the white grapes Verdejo and Viura. Although the region's economy has traditionally focused on cereals, viticulture has been considered an important economic activity for over 2000 years. At the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, the area of vineyards decreased significantly, and the emphasis shifted from quantity to quality. Today Castile and Leon is home to some of the most respected wines from production zones such as Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda and Bierzo.