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A late discovery of the little-known 'small early ones'

By Stephen Quinn | China Daily | Updated: 2011-12-10 08:19

Tempranillo is a less well-known red grape variety in China compared with traditional types, such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Spanish wines made with this grape represent good value for money and offer a range of enticing flavors.

The grape's origins are unclear. It might be endemic to Spain, but some historians suggest the Moors, who invaded Spain early in the eighth century and occupied it for 750 years, might have introduced the grape.

Tempranillo means "early little one" because it ripens early. It is Spain's most cultivated red grape. Tempranillo has other names according to where it is grown, though it is best known as the main grape of the Rioja region in northern Spain.

A late discovery of the little-known 'small early ones'

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