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Tempranillo Food & Wine Matching Guide

Tempranillo is renowned for its juicy, rustic fruit profile and food-friendly nature. Lighter than Shiraz, but heavier than Pinot Noir, Tempranillo is a great variety for wine lovers looking to expand their horizons and find an ideal match for spicier food.

Originating in Spain, the name Tempranillo comes from the Spanish word “temprana,” which means ‘early,’ referring to the fact that it’s an early-ripening red. It’s a versatile wine, with grapes known to thrive in heat and even drought. Tempranillo first came to Australia in the early 1990s and is now planted in many regions across the country, all with relative success.

The wine’s spicy, berry-fruit muskiness and mouth-filling tannins are ideally suited to a range of Spanish-inspired cuisine which suits the Aussie lifestyle, as dishes are often quick and easy to prepare.

We’ve curated the ultimate Tempranillo and food matching guide for you to explore unique Spanish-inspired flavours from the comfort of your home.

Spiced Lamb Kofta with Cucumber and Yoghurt Salad

This Middle Eastern classic is surprisingly simple to create, and you may already possess several of the spices. It’s an excellent match for Tempranillo as the lighter qualities of lamb complement the savouriness of the wine without impeding its flavours.

Pair With: Tulloch Cellar Door Release Tempranillo 2017

This youthful drop from Tulloch Hill features a lively mix of spice and red fruit flavours with fine, chalky tannins and a fresh finish. Bottom line - it’s delicious.

Miguel Maestre’s Chickpea and Chorizo Hotpot

Celebrity chef Miguel Maestre has crafted this delectable dish inspired by his homeland of Spain. The hotpot’s spicy meats go hand-in-hand with the spice-driven style of Tempranillo, and when the two are paired, they provide an incredible foundation for a Spanish-themed dinner.

Pair with: Taylors Tempranillo 2018

Hailing from South Australia’s Clare Valley, Taylors Wines has crafted a lighter, more delicate Tempranillo that spent time in French oak, gaining a soft, silky texture, spice and plump, juicy dark red fruit characters. Above all, it’s an excellent food matching wine.

Spanish-Style Pork Ribs with White Bean Salad

Rich, marinated pork ribs with a side of white bean salad add a unique Spanish twist to your next backyard barbeque. This delicious wine contains a splash of Grenache, making it juicy and fresh and ideally suited to the warmer months.

Pair with: Chaffey Bros Battle for Barossa La Conquista Tempranillo Blend 2015

Chaffey Bros created a complex, ripe wine supported by lavender and thyme aromas that’s fresh, and satiny soft with mouth-filling cherry and prune flavours, velvety tannins and a glossy finish.

Chorizo Mushrooms

This easy to prepare meal is nothing short of gourmet and is worthy of being served as an entrée at a fine dining establishment. It’s another dish that benefits from a light to medium-bodied Tempranillo that complements the mushroom and chorizo flavours without overpowering them.

Pair with: Artwine Hola Tempranillo Blend 2016

Explore Christmas cake spices over mouth-filling softness with rich, savoury flavours and velvety depth. Black cherry mixes with lavender, cedar, chocolate and braised meats for what can only be described as pure bliss.

Portuguese Paella

A hearty dish that’s guaranteed to satisfy the entire family. The complex, spicy flavours of this one-pan dish deserve an equally intriguing wine and a medium-bodied Tempranillo is the way to go.

Pair with: Nannup Estate Shiraz Malbec Tempranillo 2017

Nannup’s wines continue to impress, and this intricate blend exudes lovely vanillin aromas before giving way to powerful black fruit flavours with savoury five-spice complexity, fine tannins and well-judged oak. It’s a real treat.

Explore our complete range of delicious Tempranillo right here!

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