Although many see this varietal as indigenous to Rioja, it has recently been found that it actually originates from the Valdepeñas region.

  • Alcohol percentage

    14% Vol.
  • Grapes

  • Flavours

    Garnet red with hints of purple. Soft nose full of wild fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant, strawberrys, raspberry), black pepper, violet and liquorice. Supple on the palate, medium-bodied, with good acids.
  • Best served with

    Drinks perfectly with grilled red meats, lamb chops, cold cuts, dry-cured ham, game terrine, rabbit with prunes, Spanish veal, black olive tapenade.

Extra info

It is internationally recognized as being of Spanish origin. Its characteristics are similar to those of Burgundy Pinot Noir and it could have been introduced by the monks of Cluny abbey. Generally considered to be the most prestigious and characteristic of the Iberian grape varieties. Each region using it chooses to call it either by its original name or by a more indigenous name such as Tinto fino, Tinto del Païs or Cencibel de la Mancha (see synonyms). Note that a white variety was recognized in 1988.