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Spain’s Big Shot

Written by Christine Marsiglio MW

Pictured: Madeline’s Tasting Notes of Tempranillo from Wine Folly Club’s May Shipment.

Understanding Spain

Spain enjoys a fascinating and diverse landscape, with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, dry plateaus, and the many different mountain ranges. Tempranillo reigns king, but other amazing grapes can be found too. Find your Spanish style today.

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Wine Quiz

Tempranillo is the main grape in many Spanish wines, and its versatility leads to a variety of styles. Which of the following Spanish wine regions is NOT typically known for producing wines made with Tempranillo?

  1. Ribera del Duero
  2. Rioja
  3. Penedès
  4. Toro

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The King of Spain

Tempranillo, the king of Spanish grapes, offers a captivating journey for your taste buds! Did you know that its name stems from ‘temprano’, meaning ‘early’ in Spanish, due to its propensity to ripen ahead of other varieties? Discover the allure of this early-bird today!

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Ribera del Duero: Serious Tempranillo

Ribera del Duero, Spain’s high-altitude wine wonderland, never fails to enchant. This region, famed for its full-bodied, Tempranillo-based wines, boasts extremes of climate which contribute to an intense and remarkable flavor profile. Ribera del Duero is truly an oasis for wine aficionados.

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Pictured: North-East Spain Module on Rioja from Wine 201

Multifaceted Rioja

Rioja is where diversity of red wine styles reign, and Tempranillo is king! From light, fruity joven wines to complex, oak-aged Gran Reservas, this Spanish powerhouse showcases the many faces of Tempranillo with unrivaled flair.

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Wine Quiz Answer

Answer – #3: Penedès

Penedès is primarily known for the production of Cava, Spain’s sparkling wine. It’s true that Tempranillo is grown in Penedès, but it’s not the dominant grape as in the other regions.
Ribera del Duero, Rioja, and Toro are all regions in Spain known for their wines made primarily from the Tempranillo grape.

Written byChristine Marsiglio MW

Christine Marsiglio is Head Wine Educator and Resident Master of Wine for Folly Enterprises and Wine Folly. Christine is a certified Wine & Spirits Education Trust wine educator, a winner of the Bollinger Medal, and holds an MSc in Oenology and Viticulture from École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France.

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