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The Tempranillo grape variety is only grown on the Iberian peninsula in Spain and Portugal.  It is referred to by many different names in various parts of Spain and as Tinta Roriz in the Douro river area of Portugal.

In Spain Tempranillo is the most important red variety.  It is the major grape in Rioja red wines.  In the wines from Rioja, Tempranillo makes wines that are medium bodied and high in acid with dark colors and flavors of plum and black currants.