The definitive Spanish red-wine grape, native to the Iberian Peninsula and at the heart of the wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero (where it is called tinta del país, red of the country). It is also grown in Navarra and the Penedès (under the Catalan name ull de llebre, or eye of the hare), among other parts of Spain, and is also grown in Portugal where it is used for table wines in Alentejo and, as tinta roriz, in port blends in the Douro. There are also plantings in Australia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Washington State, Oregon, and California, and it has recently come to be considered the signature red-wine grape of Texas. Tempranillo-based wines tend to be comparatively low in acidity, with rounded plum and berry flavors.

Serve With

Lamb and veal dishes, roast pork, quail or game hen, rabbit, tomato sauce, hearty tapas.