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n. pl. Tem·pra·nil·los
1. A variety of grape grown originally in Spain and Portugal that is a principal ingredient of Rioja and port.
2. A red or white wine made from this grape.

[Spanish tempranillo, from Old Spanish, from diminutive of temprano, early (in reference to the grape's early ripening), from Vulgar Latin *temporānus, alteration of Latin temporāneus, timely, opportune : tempus, tempor-, time + -āneus, adj. suff.]
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Flying under the radar is the Toro region with its own local Tempranillo clone called Tinto de Toro, The wines of Toro, in particular Piedra Azul, deliver rich, smooth reds with outstanding backbone and length.
GAP Wines on the Antrim Road has some lovely new dry roses from spain such as Artesa Rosdao 2006 from Rioja - youthful & fruity and powerful on the nose, only pounds 4.99, and Marques de la Villa Rosdao 2006 from the up-and-coming Toro region - predominantly Garnacha (as opposed to the region's mainstay grape Tinto de Toro) giving a gentler fruitier rose, also only pounds 4.99.
It specialises in tinto de toro, the local variation on the tempranillo grape - although its Quinta el Refugio Rosado has a handful of garnacha grapes in there, too.
Next day we forged on to Toro, a region known for its concentrated red wines made from Tinto de Toro (Tempranillo) just the other side of Rueda.
Bernardo Farina, scion of one of the region's oldest bodegas, Bodegas Farina, claimed to have some 140-year-old Tinto de Toro vines.
Tinto de Toro makes up about two-thirds of the plantings with the remainder divided between Garnacha (for blending), and white varietals, Malvasia being the most popular.
The grape's Tinto de Toro, aka the tempranillo grape that makes Rioja so great.