The white grape variety comes from Spain. It must not be confused with the Santa Magdalena variety (with the synonym Tempranillo Blanco). Tempranillo Blanco is a colour mutation of the red variety Tempranillo. Except for slightly smaller berries and leaves, it is genetically identical and has the same disease characteristics. It was discovered in 1988 by the winemaker Jesús Galilea Esteban in a vineyard in the Rioja Baja area. The CIDA research institute in Rioja has developed and stabilised the variety in a four-year selection process. It has now been officially approved since 2004.
The early ripening vine produces white wines rich in alcohol and acidity with intense aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruits and white flowers. A first wine from this grape was marketed in 2005. The variety is now cultivated in small quantities by several producers in the Rioja area. In 2010 a cultivation area of five hectares was designated. Another mutation with grey berries is Tempranillo Gris.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012