International Tempranillo Day!

Happy International Tempranillo Day! 

In 2011, TAPAS organized the first annual International Tempranillo Day: A celebration of the Tempranillo grape with all its regional synonyms. We encouraged everyone to open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online with the hashtag #TempranilloDay or #Tempranillo.  

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 established International Tempranillo Day.

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Not ten years ago, Americans couldn’t pronounce the name of our grape.  They can now, and that’s progress, but there is still much more to be taught and learned about this noble grape. Remember Tempranillo is the last of the world’s major grapes to be produced in America at the level of excellence!  So we will continue to hold International Tempranillo Day on an annual basis. 

2019 International Tempranillo Day Events

Lodi Tour of Tempranillo

Thirteen of Lodi’s top Tempranillo producers will be celebrating International Tempranillo Day during the weekend of November 15-17, 2019. This is the 4th year of this special passport weekend focused on tasting the best Tempranillos produced and grown in the Lodi Appellation. Lodi produces over 100 different varieties of wine grapes and in 2015 was selected as “Wine Region of the Year” by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Tempranillo is recognized world-wide as being one of the most important Spanish varieties and is gaining a foothold in the Lodi Appellation. Participants can visit any one of the participating wineries to collect a complimentary guidebook and begin their exploration of the Lodi Tour of Tempranillo. Each winery will offer special tastings of Tempranillo and some special reserve wines only available at this event. Participants will be entered in a raffle for each winery they visit. For more information, visit www.lodispanishwinetour.com . #TempranilloDay #Tempranillo

About the wine grape variety, Tempranillo: Tempranillo is often referred to as the “Cabernet” of Spain due to its structure and #1 status as the backbone of Spanish reds. It is actually the fourth most planted wine grape in the world. When young it is fresh and fruity, however with oak and age it shows serious mature qualities that make it a collector’s item in particular the Gran Reserva 5 year aged wines. Tempranillo is also fondly known by many names such as Ull de Llebre “Eye of the Hare”, Cencibel, Valdepenas and Tinta del Pais. Taste Tempranillo and you will taste the heart and soul of Spain. 

About the participating wineries The following 13 Lodi based wineries are producing a Tempranillo wine and are participating in this weekend long event. Visitors can stop by any of these tasting rooms to start their self-guided tour. The complimentary guidebook will be available at all participating wineries and it will list special offerings by each winery.  

Lodi Tour of Tempranillos

Watch this space for more 2019 details and events! We'll be celebrating all during the week of November 14 and through the weekend.

If you're interested in organizing an event or becoming a sponsor, please contact TAPAS!


A Word about the Date

Going forward, International Tempranillo Day will always be on the second Thursday in November. Thursday was selected to facilitate commercial activities, as most restaurants and bottle shops are too busy on weekend days. The day remains the same but the date varies, thus avoiding future conflicts with Election Day, All Souls' Day, Day of the Dead, All Saints' Day, etc. The second Thursday in November will never be earlier than the 8th nor later than the 14th; thus ITD will not crowd Thanksgiving.

Photos courtesy Marty Johnson and Abacela