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Tempranillo is an early ripening red wine producing grape native to northern Spain. It is an important grape in the production of Ribera del Duero and Rioja. Tempranillo wines are made for both everyday early consumption and fine wines that require ageing.

But Tempranillo is also grown in South Africa, Australia and Washington State in the U.S. where Cayuse makes an extraordinary rendition.

Literally translated, Cayuse (En Cerise) means cherry – very appropriate as this tiny vineyard was a cherry orchard in its former life and in common with the whole estate is farmed bio-dynamically. Owner/winemaker Christophe Baron is a cult personality in Washington county. Twenty years ago the then young French travelling vigneron turned a field of stones in little known Walla Walla into one of America’s finest vineyards. The terroir reminded him of the cobblestones of the southern Rhône Valley and Châteuneuf-du-Pape, and he has been crafting spectacular Rhône inspired reds ever since. These wines are very hard to come by and available through Cayuse’s mailing list only.

Tempranillo wines