Tempranillo is a red grape variety which is used in some of the finest wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero has Tempranillo as the main grape. The tempranillo grape has also been successfully grown outside spain, especially Argentina and Australia and other regions with hot climate.
Tempranillo in Spanish means “little early one", due to its early ripening, and study have suggested that the grape originated in Rioja and Navarra,
The tempranillo is a thick skinned red grape that produces deep colored wines with moderate tannins and the result is a bright, lively, fruit driven wine, balanced red wine. Tempranillo is very suited for oak ageing.