International Tempranillo Day, otherwise known as Septempranillo, has been declared Thursday, September 1. TAPAS, the California based Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (similar to the Rhone Rangers), has announced that September 1 is the first International Tempranillo Day, designed to be a celebration of the Tempranillo grape.
Everyone is encouraged to open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online with the Twitter hashtag #TempranilloDay. The Tweetchat begins at 7 am EDT on August 31 and runs until 7 am EDT on September 2, for inclusive worldwide coverage.
Tempranillo, indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, is planted to 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 grape’s entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain.
But knowledge of Tempranillo is rapidly spreading, creating 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.
The sponsor, TAPAS, Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society, is a nonprofit trade association of over one hundred wineries, growers, and amigos, whose mission is to promote Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula, and wines produced from them in North America. TAPAS aims to raise consumer awareness of the food-friendly wines made from Iberian varieties, and providing broader exposure for the typically smaller, limited-production wineries making them.
Tempranillo and Tempranillo based wines are available locally at Berbigia, Cellar Rat, Gomer’s, Lukas Liquor, MDL, Royal LIquors and Vino Bello.