Native to the Northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula and a key variety in Spain's Rias Baixas region and Portugal's Vinho Verde wine.
An historical grape of Spain's Rioja and another native of the Iberian Peninsula, the popularity of Mazuelo's typical red grape traits and high tannic and acid structure soon found it spreading from Spain to other parts of Europe and ultimately the world.
Although there is some territorial debate as to whether Vermentino came to Italy from Spain or the other way around, the grape is most commonly found today in Southern France and Italy.
Thought to have originated from a mutation of the red grape Garnacha in Spain makes Garnacha Blanca a true Iberian native. While it still plays a roll in the wines of Rioja, it has thrived in France's Rhone Valley.
Tempranillo is an old grape, dating back to at least the ninth century on the Iberian Peninsula. It remains one of the most widely planted varieties in both Spain and Portugal.
If Portugal had a national grape, it just might be Touriga Nacional. It's indigenous to Portugal. Though both the Dao and Douro regions claim it as their own, it can be found growing throughout Portugal.
Proven to be a perfectly suited grape for Paso Robles.
Assyrtiko originated on the Greek island of Santorini. It's known for making wines of great structure and its ability to retain high acid levels in its native hot and dry climate. This is one of the first of a handful of plantings of this grape in California.
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