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There are lots of factors at play that result in the wines we make at Arzuaga achieving the exceptionally high quality that defines them. For example, recently on our blog, we told you about how aspects such as the orography and geography of the vineyards and the temperature variation of the Ribera del Duero region where we’re located all play a part. In this post, we want to talk to you about one of the fundamental pillars of our wines. Namely, the fact that it would be impossible to make Arzuaga wines without the exceptionally high-quality grapes that we harvest in our vineyards. So, today we’re going to focus on what is probably the most important variety we work with at Arzuaga: Tempranillo.
This red variety is the standout grape in Ribera del Duero and is considered the key variety in this Designation of Origin. But what are the characteristics of this grape? Its amazing adaptability is worth noting first of all, as this trait enables it to develop optimally in many different regions of Spain.
If we look at the leaves, we find a closed petiolar sinus and a scratchy hairy underside. The grapes grow in compact clusters with two wings that are, generally, medium-sized. In terms of the red wines made from this variety, in general, they show a strong violet colouring and have blackberry aromas that stand out and combine with black fruits of the forest. These are wines that usually have medium acidity and ripe, well-integrated tannins.
The Tempranillo variety predominates in our vineyards, and we handle it carefully throughout the entire growing cycle to get the highest quality and expression from the grapes and the terroir in the final result of the wines. We know its potential and its capacity, after a comprehensive selection process, to offer us great results in different productions. In fact, besides being the grape with the highest percentage in our wide variety of red wines, Arzuaga’s rosé wine, Rosae, is also made only using Tempranillo.
Based on all of this, we would go so far as to say that Tempranillo is queen at Arzuaga: a wonderful red variety full of opportunities that we use to make our wines, sometimes blended with other types of grapes, in the heart of Ribera del Duero.