Everything you wanted to know about Tempranillo grapes

Everything you wanted to know about Tempranillo grapes

Did you know that Zero Lush red, rosé and sparkling rosé non-alcoholic wines are created with Tempranillo grapes! They are a wonderful grape, so keep reading to learn more...

Tempranillo is a grape that originated in Spain. It's one of the most widely-grown grapes in the world and has been used to create some of the best wines in history. But what exactly is this versatile grape? How does it taste? And how should you pair it with your favourite foods? Let's dive into all things Tempranillo so that you can learn more about this delicious, versatile grape!

What is Tempranillo?

Imagine a red wine grape. Now imagine that same grape in a Spanish vineyard. That's Tempranillo. It's a Spanish wine grape and it's the most widely planted white grape in Spain, grown on over 60% of all vineyards there (source). This versatile varietal is also used to make wines in Portugal, France, Italy and Argentina—and now you can find it being grown in the United States as well!

Like any varietal, Tempranillo varies regionally based on its climate conditions and soil composition (source).

Where does Tempranillo come from?

Tempranillo grapes are originally from Spain, where they began to be cultivated as early as the 10th century. Today they are grown all over the world and can be found in a variety of countries, including Argentina, Australia, Chile, France (Burgundy), Germany (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer), New Zealand and South Africa. Tempranillo also grows in Portugal's Douro Valley but only for port wine production; it does not make up a large part of this country's table wines.

Spanish vs. American Tempranillo

You may be wondering, “What is the difference between Spanish and American Tempranillo grapes?” Well, both grapes are susceptible to a fungal disease called downy mildew which can make them susceptible to rot. The main difference between the two is that Spanish Tempranillo is known for having higher levels of sugar in its juice.

What does Tempranillo taste like?

Tempranillo is a bold and fruity grape that has a lot to offer. The wines it produces can range from light-bodied and summery rosés to rich, full-bodied reds with complex flavor profiles. They're typically best when paired with food, but it's worth experimenting with Tempranillo on its own if you want to experience some of the wine's more subtle notes (it has been described as having aromas of "baked fruit" or "blackberries").

Tempranillo is a great choice for beginners because of its broad appeal—the majority of inexpensive wines fall into this category—and also because it pairs well with many types of food. While we've seen mixed reviews about that last part (some people claim Tempranillos don't taste good unless they're paired with certain dishes), we think this versatility makes them an excellent option for novice sippers looking to experiment with new flavors and pairings!

In short: if you're just starting out in your wine-drinking career (or if you're an experienced connoisseur), consider giving these grapes a try! If they still aren't your cup of tea after one or two bottles...don't worry! There are plenty more varieties out there waiting for their chance too :)

Pairing Tempranillo with food

Pairing these wines with food is a great way to experience the grape. Tempranillo is versatile, and pairs well with many types of cuisine. It's a great wine for sharing with friends and family at home or in restaurants, or even just by yourself on a quiet night in your own kitchen.

What are the health benefits of Tempranillo?

Tempranillo is a hearty grape, with a high concentration of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds. Research has shown that Tempranillo grapes contain more antioxidants than any other red grape variety. Antioxidants are important for a healthy body because they help protect against oxidative stress, which could otherwise lead to cell damage and disease. This is especially good news for drinkers who want to get their daily dose of resveratrol—a compound found in red wine that’s been linked to health benefits like reduced inflammation, improved blood sugar levels, and even longer life expectancy!

Fibre is another healthy nutrient you can reap from consuming Tempranillo grapes; they contain soluble fibre which helps lower cholesterol levels while also promoting digestive health. Vitamin C may be an antioxidant itself (and even works with resveratrol), but it has many other uses as well including strengthening your immune system and preventing signs of aging like wrinkles (or crow’s feet).

This amazing grape is worth a try!

Tempranillo is a versatile grape that's worth trying out. It is the most widely planted grape in Spain, where it yields some of the country's best wines. Tempranillo grapes have spread to other countries as well, including the United States. In fact, this variety has become so popular that it's even grown here in California!

Whether you enjoy wine or juice, there are several reasons why you might want to try out Tempranillo:

  • It pairs well with many foods. You can use Tempranillo in both sweet and savoury dishes alike; try pairing it with chicken or lamb dishes for something light and fresh!

  • The high acidity level makes it great for baking as well! This trait means that when eaten alone without any other ingredients added on top (like herbs or spices), Tempranillo tend not only be very flavourful but also refreshingly tart at times--which means they'll make all kinds of recipes stand out even more than usual!


We hope we’ve answered all of your questions and helped you discover more about this amazing grape. Tempranillo is a great way to get into red wines, as it is easy to drink and can be found at many different price points. We hope that you try some Tempranillo soon!

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