Rioja's Red Grapes
The classic red grape variety of Spain, and in particular, Rioja.
On its own Tempranillo produces soft supple wines, with aromas of soft red summer fruits like strawberries and raspberries.
Tempranillo produces wines of great structure, wines which can be enjoyed as young, fresh wines for early drinking or matured for many years to become wines famous for their depth, character and elegance.
This grape variety can be blended with Tempranillo to add colour, weight and tannins which helps the wine to age gracefully. Mazuelo on its own is very rare.
This grape variety adds warmth and spice both for early drinking and aged styles of Rioja. Single varietal Garnacha wines are starting to make their way to the UK so keep your eyes peeled for warm, spicy everyday drinking wines and the refined, highly prized wines made from “old vine” Garnacha.
As a blending partner with Tempranillo, a small quantity of Graciano (typically 3-5%) can add extra fruit and elegance to the wine. But as a grape variety, Graciano is capable of making varietal wines of great character and finesse. They can often be very long lived.