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International Tempranillo Day

International Tempranillo Day November 13, 2014

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 will be Thursday, November 13, 2014.  It's not too early to plan an event and contact TAPAS so that we can post your details!

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.


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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Tempranillo producers in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon are joining for a celebration - check with Delfino Vineyards, Spangler Vineyards, HillCrest Vineyard & Winery, Abacela, Reustle Prayer Rock, and Triple Oak Vineyard for details. 

  • The Rioja Wine marketing team will be sponsoring ITD activities - Watch for details.

Watch this space for details on upcoming events!  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.