Hoy es el Día Internacional Tempranillo! (read: Today is international Tempranillo Day!)
In the fashion of many popular and internationally grown wine grapes, PR and social media gurus have organized the 2nd annual Tempranillo Day as an excuse for all of us to start uncorking rich, red-hued, and leather-scented beauties from across Spain and the globe a little early today. (Not that you ever need an excuse…)
In honor of the 4th most planted grape in the world, I encourage you to grab a glass, tweet about it with the #Tempranilloday tag, and enjoy a few fun facts on the grape that keeps on giving.
- Tempranillo has over 40 other names (Aragones, Aragonez de Elvas, Arganda, Arinto Tinto, Cencibel, Cencibera, Chinchillana, Cupani, De Por Aca, Escobera, Garnacho Fono, Grenache de Logrono, Jacibera, Jacibiera, Jacivera, Juan Garcia, Negra de Mesa, Negretto,Olho de Lebre, Pinuela, Sensibel…the list goes on.)
- The grape is used in blends for making fortified Port wines.
- Tempranillo covers over 500,000 acres across the globe.
- It’s most famous in rich, full-bodied wines from Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Dueroregions.
- Every year, citizens of the Haro town of Rioja douse each other in honor of the town’s patron saint. Check out Wine Afficionado Joe Roberts’ Video of this year’s spectacle: