Tempranillo is a famous Spanish grape variety used in many rich Spanish red wines. Tempranillo is marked by strong fruit flavors and aromas. Other characteristics of Tempranillo include deep color, weak acidity, medium to strong tannins, and moderate amounts of alcohol. Tempranillo grapes are frequently blended with other grapes, but the flavor and color can be better when Tempranillo is bottled as a varietal wine. Tempranillo is usually aged several years in oak barrels before serving.
Merlot grapes produce a red wine with flavors and aromas of black cherry, berries, plum, chocolate, and some herbs. Merlot wine is popular with people trying to get accustomed to drier, more complex red wines because of its other characteristics, like low tannins which make it easier to drink than other reds wines.
The softer characteristics of Merlot with the fruity flavors make it a red wine that’s well-suited to lighter foods that won’t overwhelm the flavors of the wine.
Syrah grapes, known as Shiraz in Australia, produce full-bodied, long-lived, fruity wines. Syrah/Shiraz flavors and aromas include peppers, berries, currants, and even chocolate. Syrah grapes originated in France’s Rhone valley and their use in wines is traced back to the Romans and Greeks. Syrah is usually bottled alone as a varietal wine but can be blended with other grapes like Cabernet and Grenache. Syrah wines have some of the strongest, most distinctive flavors and aromas of any red wine.
Grenache grapes originated in Spain where it is called Garnacha, but Grenache is the name by which the grapes and resulting wine are most commonly known. Grenache wines have flavors and aromas of strong fruit, raspberries, and a bit of spice.
Other characteristics of wines made from Grenache grapes include weak colors, soft tannins, and high alcohol content. Grenache tends to be most closely associated with the southern French region of Rhone where it is grown widely.
Although Grenache are red grapes which produce a red wine, the wine itself is so pale that it is commonly mixed with much darker wines. Grenache also tends to be rather low in flavor while being high in alcohol, two more good reasons for blending with other grape varieties. It is, however, possible to create red wines from Grenache grapes that have good color, complex flavor, and interesting texture.
Airen is the most cultivated white grape variety in Spain with production focused mainly in the vineyards of Castilla- La Mancha and carrying the Denominación de Origen of Valdepenas or La Mancha.
The vines produce loose long bunches of yellowish tinted grapes, which have soft pulp and produced a very slightly coloured juice. The variety is surprisingly resistant to drought, as well as being able to adapt and thrive inless fertile soils or extreme climates.
Is the light-skinned form of Grenache Noir. Although it is native to northern Spain, Grenache Blanc is best known for its role in southern French white wines and in particular as a member of the Chateauneuf-du-Papeblend.
The light-golden, straw-colored juice of Grenache Blanc is increasingly produced as avarietal wine, though its use as a softener in a blend is still more common. It typically displays green-apple and stonefruit aromas, though it is very sensitive to its environment and this will have a profound effect of the final wine.