Spain produces by far the most Tempranillo and the grape itself has varied expressions with some being heavier and richer, others being fresh with dried herb characteristics. Read Joelle's Top Ten Tips below...
1. The most popular red grape in Spain where over 200,000 hectares is planted.
2. Its name comes from the Spanish word Temprano, which means early.
3. Tiny amounts grow in New Zealand, most successfully in Hawke’s Bay where the warmth enables it to ripen.
4. Also grown in Argentina, Australia, Italy and the south of France.
5. Often blended with Garnacha (the Spanish word for Grenache), Graciano and Mazuelo.
6. Makes good value reds that are dry, smooth and fruity.
7. Rioja and Ribera del Duero are the most famous Spanish wines that are made mostly from the Tempranillo grape – they also refer to the regions they come from.
8. Tempranillo is a thick-skinned red grape.
9. It’s called Tinta Roriz in Portugal and is one of the five top grapes used to make port.
10. The best wines made from Tempranillo can age and evolve positively for decades.
Joelle Thomson is a wine writer, journalist, and author. She’s an avid lover of wine and currently writes for Capital magazine, Good magazine, NZ Winegrower, Drinksbiz, and her own site,www.joellethomson.com
She also teaches, works in radio, and more, so we've enlisted her help to sniff out our amazing value wines!