Largely planted throughout Spain, the grape name means ‘early’ (temprano) referring to the fact that it ripens far Before the other red grapes. Thought to have been introduced in the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadors as the Criolla grape, the origins though are believed to be Phoenician. In Portugal, it is one of the major grapes used to make some Port in the Douro region and is widely planted in the Dao and Lisbon regions. In Texas, this grape has found a new home and has become the signature for many premium red wines.
Frequency: Current. To get alcohol, it likes dry hot climate, yet for freshness and acidity, it likes cooler dry weather conditions. It adapts well when planted on sandy or clay-limestone soils.
Synonym(s): Tinto Roriz, Tinta do Pais, Albillo Negro, Valdepenas, Grenache de Logrono,
Sensitivity to diseases: Very little resistance to pests and diseases,
Area(s) Cultivated: Europe → Spain, Portugal
Internationally → USA (California, Texas, Oregon), Australia (McLaren Vale), South Africa, Argentina, Chili, Mexico, Thailand
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