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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.  

For 2014, the date is Thursday, November 13, 2014... that's today!

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.

Check out some Tempranillo information courtesy of SpanishWineLover.com!


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. 


International Tempranillo Day Events

  • The four wineries of Texas Fine WineBending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars – invite Texans across the state to pick up their favorite Texas Tempranillo to help celebrate International Tempranillo Day on Thursday, November 13. The wineries also hope Texas wine enthusiasts will participate in the #TXWine Twitter chat about Tempranillo that evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT.

  • Verdad is offering 3 vintages of Tempranillo and magnums Thursday through Monday (November 13-17) to celebrate ITD!!!!

  • Boeger Winery celebrates Tempranillo the entire month of November with a half-case promotion of their 2012 Tempranillo! Imagine sticking your head in a warm, sweet cedar chest filled with red and dark plums, cherry gumdrops, butter and caramel corn. With a light and ethereal palate, this wine is perfect for an afternoon of casual sipping. At $15/bottle, the list price for the 6-pack is $90; sale price is $72, club price $63. Reserve yours today in person, or call 1-800-655-2634 (not available online).

  • La Boca and Taberna in Santa Fe, NM are celebrating November 13-15 with a special 4-course dinner paired with Tempranillo, and special Tempranillos by the glass. Mention Tempranillo Day and take 25% off any bottle of wine that contains Tempranillo!

  • Noble Rot Wine Bar, one of Portland’s original wine bars (LEED Platinum Certified), features Rioja Reserva by the glass from 5-10 pm this Thursday, November 13, paired with special tapas from the rooftop garden.

  • Come by Wing Hop Fung's Monterey Park, CA store for a special complimentary tasting of Rioja Reservas and Gran Reservas, Friday, November 15 from 5-7 pm. The first customers will receive Rioja cork screws along with their purchases.

  • Du Vin Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, CA will have a special offering of Rioja Reservas and Gran Reservas from 1-7 pm on Thursday, November 13 ($45 per person). The first customers will receive wine openers along with their purchases and the opportunity to purchase the hardcover book, The Wine Region of Rioja, by Rioja expert Ana Fabiano.

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, DC offers a Rioja Wine and Tapa Pairing on Thursday, November 13 from 5 pm to 2 am. For $20, pair a glass of Rioja from Bodegas Benjamin Romeo Tempranillo with a delicious tapa dish.

  • Winters, CA celebrates Tempranillo with Winters' Tempfest, November 14-16! Events include tastings, library selections, barrel samples, live music, tapas, a Grape Stomp and more. Participants include Berryessa Gap Vineyards, RootStock Gift Shop & Tasting Room, Turkovich Family Wines, Buckhorn Steak House, Ficelle, Preserve Public House, Putah Creek Cafe, and Main Street Cellars. For more information contact Berryessa Gap, RootStock or Turkovich Family Wines.

  • Stop by Le Du’s Wines in New York City between 11 am and 9 pm Thursday, November 13, for a complimentary tasting of Rioja Reserva wines. While you’re there, enter a raffle to win a Rioja gift basket with a $75 wine certificate to Atrium Dumbo, Brooklyn’s own seasonal French American restaurant.

  • Taste and learn about Tempranillo wines with a free in-store tasting from 5-7 pm Thursday, November 13 at Bottlerocket Wines & Spirits in New York City.

  • For International Tempranillo Day on Thursday, CORE Family Winery in Santa Maria, CA is offering $1.00 shipping on any 12 bottles ordered, plus a library tasting of 2005-2007 Tempranillos and Tempranillo blends in their tasting room.

  • In celebration of International Tempranillo Day, Matchbook Wine Company in Zamora, CA invites you out to their tasting room this Saturday and Sunday, November 15-16, for an afternoon of tasting with their latest Tempranillo vintages, as well as the release of their 2014 Rosé of Tempranillo--the perfect wine for your holiday feasts!

  • Wedding Oak Winery in San Saba, TX offers a free flight of their three Tempranillos, all day Thursday, November 13.

  • Atlantic City Bottle Company in Atlantic City, NJ offers a complimentary Tempranillo tasting from 12:30-2:30 pm on November 13. Purchase any bottle and receive a Rioja gift bag and voucher for a full glass of Rioja. In their Iron Room restaurant, celebrate all weekend with two new Riojas by the glass.

  • At Jersey Wine Merchants in Jersey City, NJ, purchase any Rioja wine bottle to receive a Rioja gift bag, and enter to win a Rioja gift basket valued at $150. Thursday, November 13 from noon to 9 pm.

  • Rioja Celebrates Tempranillo Day with Rioja Food and Wine Pairings at 67 Wines in New York City. Join Aaron Gordon of Rioja Wines U.S. and enjoy an incredible complimentary selection of Tempranillo sampled and paired with a selection of jamon and cheeses. 5-8 pm Thursday, November 13.

  • Enjoy half-priced glasses of classic Rioja, and/or unique Rioja wine cocktails, from 4 pm - 2 am Thursday, November 13 at The Tippler in New York City.

  • Visit Tangled Vine (New York City) all week starting Monday, November 10, and take advantage of special complimentary tastings of Rioja by-the-glass.

  • Donostia in New York City offers Wine By-the-Glass Specials from 5 pm to midnight, November 10-16.

  • Smoke. Oil. Salt in Los Angeles invites you to celebrate Tempranillo Day with special Rioja wine flights and food pairings on Thursday, November 13 from 5:30 pm to midnight. To reserve a table, please call 323.930.7900.

  • Food Inc. Trattoria & Wine Bar in San Francisco is celebrating International Tempranillo Day by serving Tempranillo tasting & tapa flights all day on November 13 for $15. This will include a young Tempranillo, a Tempranillo blend and an aged Tempranillo with Manchego, Serrano ham, Membrillo and a few other Spanish tapas. Food Inc. is a neighborhood European-style trattoria and wine bar that features over 16 wines by the glass. They have monthly tasting wine events and a constantly rotating selection of wines on their international wine list.

  • From November 13-16, Hillcrest Vineyard & Winery in Roseburg, OR will be pouring all their Tempranillos, including a pre release tasting of their new Super Temp El Grande!

  • “Rioja Celebrates Tempranillo Day!” with Gift Bags at Sorella Wine & Spirits in Minneapolis, MN. Visit Sorella's from November 6-22 to enjoy 15% or more off all Rioja wines. Rioja Gift Bags (2 bottles + eco tote bag + wine corkscrew) will be available for a limited time throughout November.

  • The Noble Grape in Chicago will be celebrating from November 10-30. Buy 2 or more bottles of Rioja wine and take home a reusable Rioja EcoTote Bag, including a complimentary corkscrew.

  • Savor Wine Boutique in Atlanta, GA will celebrate November 13 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) with a walk-around Spanish wine and cheese tasting. Sample various styles of Tempranillo and enjoy a special discount on wine purchased during the event. For details, visit tempranillo-day.eventbrite.com.

  • The Lodi Winegrape Commission will hold a live video tasting featuring five Tempranillos from the Lodi Appellation. Use this link to join this unique online event on Wednesday, November 5 from 5-6 pm Pacific time.

  • Weisinger Family Winery in Ashland, OR will be celebrating Tempranillo Day with a free vertical flight of their Tempranillo.  Cheers! 

  • Tempranillo producers in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon are joining for a celebration all weekend from November 13-16 - check with Delfino Vineyards, Spangler Vineyards, HillCrest Vineyard & Winery, Abacela, Paul O'Brien Winery, and Triple Oak Vineyard for details. 

  • Kriselle Cellars in White City, OR celebrates Tempranillo in a four day Tempranillo extravaganza! Starting on November 13th and all through the weekend, they will serve current and past vintages of their award winning Tempranillo and a pairing tapas plate. Barrel sample the upcoming 2012 vintage as it develops, and purchase Futures at their best prices.
    Grant Ruiz will perform live Spanish guitar music on Saturday and Sunday, November 15-16, from 1–4 pm. The Tasting Room will be open from 11 am – 5:30 pm. VIVA TEMPRANILLO !!

  • Grove Winery, located near Greensboro NC, will be offering free tastings of their estate grown Tempranillo and $3.75 glasses of this wine on their patio.

  • Longoria Wines will celebrate by pouring a sneak preview of their 2012 Tempranillo at their Los Olivos Tasting Room November 13-16, and at their Lompoc Winery Tasting Room November 14-16. 
    To help get you into a Tempranillo frame of mind, at their Lompoc Winery Tasting Room on Saturday, November 15th, guitarist Matt Yaki will be playing Spanish music, and a variety of delicious tapas will be available from Avant.
    The 2012 Tempranillo won't be officially released until December 1st. This is your chance to try it and buy it before then!

  • Abacela has events scheduled daily from Thursday through Sunday:
    • Thursday, November 13 - Barrel Samples and Paella - Tasting room open until 7:00 pm
      • Barrel Tasting of the 2013 Tempranillos, 1-4:00 PM
      • Complimentary tasting of 2011 Fiesta and 2010 Estate Tempranillo.
      • Paella Plate, served 4-7:00 PM
      • Spanish-themed Cheese Plate and Plaza Plates available all day.
    • Friday, November 14: Pizza Day and Tempranillo - Tasting room open until 7:00 pm
      • Complimentary tasting of 2011 Fiesta and 2010 Estate Tempranillo.
      • Pizza will be available from 4-6:00 PM.
    • Saturday, November 15:
      • Library Vertical of 2005, 2007 and 2009 Reserve Tempranillos from 12-4:00 PM and light tapas.
      • Complimentary tasting of 2011 Fiesta and 2010 Estate Tempranillo.
      • Spanish-themed Cheese Plate and Plaza Plates available all day.
    • Sunday, November 16:
      • Library Vertical of 2005, 2007 and 2009 Reserve Tempranillos from 12-4:00 PM.
      • Live music with Neil Johnson from 1-4:00 PM.
      • Complimentary tasting of 2011 Fiesta and 2010 Estate Tempranillo.
      • Spanish-themed Cheese Plate and Plaza Plates available all day.

  • Visit Red Lily Vineyards as they celebrate International Tempranillo Day from November 12-15! They’ll be paying homage to this amazing Spanish varietal with some delicious wine and food specials, including a featured flight of three library wines, each paired with gourmet bites: 
    • 2005 Red Lily Tempranillo – paired with mini tapas plate of Marcona almonds, Manchego cheese and Spanish ham.
    • 2006 Red Lily Tempranillo – paired with a taste of homemade Spanish Chilindron Stew.
    • 2007 Red Lily RESERVE – paired with a chocolate truffle.

    NOTE:  A limited number of mini-verticals of the above three wines is available.
    Featured Wine by the Glass: 2007 Red Lily RESERVE Tempranillo - just won a gold medal in the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition!  
    Featured Food Special - Homemade Spanish Chilindron Stew - Chilindron is a Spanish stew dominated by roasted red peppers, paprika and onions.  The stew originated in Aragon in central Spain and is rich, woodsy and bright. 


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.