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First International Tempranillo Day: Sept. 1, 2011

Submitted By: Heidi Stine, April 13, 2011
First International Tempranillo Day, September 1, 2011:

A Celebration of the Tempranillo Grape

TAPAS – Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, and Amigos Society – announces the first International Tempranillo Day, a celebration of the Tempranillo grape with all its regional synonyms. We are encouraging everyone to open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online.

Tempranillo, indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, is planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough to celebrate.

Until recently, this noble grape’s entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. Perhaps others were confused by the 60 or more regional synonyms for Tempranillo, which in itself may be a record worth celebrating.

But things have changed: knowledge of this noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils. Tempranillo today is grown in many more countries including the United States, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, France, Portugal, Turkey, Canada, China, Thailand, and more. And that’s why we are establishing International Tempranillo Day.

In partnership with organizations around the world – including Catavino ( ), a web site dedicated to the wines of the Iberian Peninsula – TAPAS is encouraging regional events on, and leading up to, September 1, and will be publicizing them as details become available. In the meantime, please check our website,, for updates.


Stuart Spencer, TAPAS Secretary, (209) 629-2237,

Earl Jones, TAPAS Board Member, (541) 430-1733,

Heidi Stine, TAPAS Executive Director, (480) 330-3766,

Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) is an American trade association, whose mission is: "To promote Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula and wines produced from them in North America." See .