International Tempranillo Day, September 1, 2011


TAPAS announces the first International Tempranillo Day, September 1, 2011: A celebration of the Tempranillo grape with all its regional synonyms. We are encouraging everyone to open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online.

Tempranillo, indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, is planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough to celebrate.

Until recently, this noble grape’s entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. Perhaps others were confused by the 60 or more regional synonyms for Tempranillo, which in itself may be a record worth celebrating.

But things have changed: knowledge of this noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils. Tempranillo today is grown in many more countries including the United States, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, France, Portugal, Turkey, Canada, China, Thailand, and more. And that’s why we are establishing International Tempranillo Day.

TAPAS is encouraging regional events around the world leading up to September 1, and will be publicizing them as details become available. If you’d like to sponsor an event, please contact TAPAS!


2 comentarios

  1. However in the meantime I decided to jump the gun and do a little research about what made the Rioja region so internationally appealing to American wine distributors the secret ingredient being Tempranillo..The Tempranillo grape was named after the Spanish word temprano meaning early as a result of its prompt ripening as compared to other varietals. You may have that liberty but here in Spain where water can be a scarcity the Tempranillo grape needs to take on camel-like qualities sucking in any amount of moisture it can find.

  2. Well at least San Francisco and New York their mission being to promote Tempranillo wines from the world-famous Rioja wine growing region of Spain. Toward this end they held a series of tastings and seminars on their noble Tempranillo grape and wines in these cities…Earl Jones of Abacela Winery in Roseburg Oregon was asked to join them in San Francisco.


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