Getting To know the fine Tempranillo wine

Tempranillo grapes have come a long way from their elusive beginnings. Now planted widely in regions such as Australia, Argentina and California in North America, this versatile grape is a key player in the global wine markets. Tempranillo wines are light and easy to drink, with a pleasantly low level of acidity.

Regions of Tempranillo cultivation

Regions of Tempranillo cultivation

Almost all wine cultivation the world over can be traced back to the Phoenician settlements in the south of Spain. But in all these records, the mention of Tempranillo is infrequent. This continued even in the later years when vineyards flourished all over Spain. The most likely possibility for the introduction of the Tempranillo grape into the Americas is by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 17th century. This can be seen in the genetic similarities between the Tempranillo and the Criolla grapes grown in Argentina. Despite its fragile start, Tempranillo has become quite well travelled in recent centuries and has firmly established its presence the world over. Although it entered the United States and specifically California in 1905, the hot and dry climate combined with it still being the era of Prohibition meant that Tempranillo did not thrive at that time. It is only since the 80s that this wine has begun to gain a firm foothold in Californian vineyards.
The Perfect Weather For Tempranillo grapes is Australia's

The Perfect Weather For Tempranillo grapes

Tempranillo grapes are naturally blessed with low levels of acidity and the grapes have a somewhat flat and overblown appearance. This is also representative of their preferred soils which are hot and flat regions. The low acidity levels help the Tempranillo grapes to also survive in many diverse regions with wide temperature and weather variations. The best weather for these fruits is hot sunny days that enable the thick skinned grapes to ripen easily, followed by cold dry nights that regulate the acid balance. This is why the continental terroirs of Australia and Argentina have become the favourite soils for Tempranillo grape varieties. The weather produces light and lively wines that are very fruity and also perfectly balanced in their tanginess.