THE COLLECTION OF SPANISH GRAPE VARIETIES
Although many see this varietal as indigenous to Rioja, it has recently been found that it actually originates from the Valdepeñas region. 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 the abbey of Cluny. 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 Pais or Cencibel de la Mancha. Note that a white variety was recognized in 1988. 203.000 Ha planted in Spain.