Quite a popular variety in the Cuyo region, it is now being rediscovered by winemakers and required by wineries due to the successful exports of the wines produced with it.
Although there is no certainty about its introduction in our country, the Argentinian Tempranillo has been identified as the same variety as the important Spanish wine grape also known as Tempranillo, Cencibel, Tinto del Pa?s or Tinto Fino.
When duly elaborated and aged in American oak barrels, Tempranillo reaches exceptional qualities and an excellent bottle ageing capacity. In its youth, it offers simple but fruity raspberry and blackberry aromas, while those meant to be aged develop sweeping licorice and roasting hints.
Information provided by agronomists Alberto Alcalde and José Rodríguez, and Wines of Argentina. Photos from ‘The World Atlas of Wine’ by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.