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Grape Variety: Valdepeñas

Variety Name Valdepeñas
TTB Approved Name(s) Valdepeñas (Tempranillo)
Common Synonyms Aragónez, Tempranillo, Tinta Roríz
All Synonyms Aragónez, Arganda, Arinto Tinto, Cencibel, Cencibera, Chinchillana, Escobera, Garnacho Fono, Jacivera, Negra de Mesa, Ojo de Liebre, Olho de Lebre, Tempranilla, Tempranillo, Tempranillo de la Rioja, Tempranillo de Rioja Grenache de Logrono, Tinta Aragones, Tinta de Toro, Tinta del Pais, Tinta do Inacio, Tinta Monteiro, Tinta Roríz, Tinta Roriz da Penajola, Tinta Santiago, Tinto Aragon, Tinto de la Rioja, Tinto de Madrid, Tinto de Rioja, Tinto de Toro , Tinto del Pais, Tinto Fino, Tinto Fino Ull de Lllebre, Tinto Madrid, Tinto Pais, Tinto Ribiera, Tinto Riojano, Ull de Llebre, Valdepenhas, Verdiell, Vid de Aranda
Countries of Origin Spain
Species Vitis vinifera
Berry Color Black
Uses Table,Wine
Comments This grape was brought to California in the late 19th century under the name Tinta de Valdepeñas. It is thought that the University named the grape after the place in Spain from which it obtained the plant material. The selection was planted in the 1880's at UC's former Foothill Experiment Station in Jackson, California. DNA testing on this California variety, which came to be known as Valdepeñas, shows that it matches Tempranillo. The name Valdepeñas was maintained for this Tempranillo grape at UC Davis for historical purposes.

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Valdepeñas Selections

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Registration Status Registered Registered is the ultimate status in the California Department of Food & Agricultures Grapevine Registration & Certification Program. Registered selections have successfully completed all disease testing required by the regulations. Registered selections have also been confirmed as true to variety by experts using visual observations, DNA-based testing or both.
Source UC Foothill Experiment Station, Jackson, California
Treatments None
Comments USDA Plant Pathologist Dr. Austin Goheen collected a number of FPS selections from the former Foothill Experiment Station vineyard in Jackson, Amador County, in the 1960's, including a variety called Tinta Valdepeñas. The vineyard was one of seven experimental vineyards established around California by UC Berkeley Professor E.W. Hilgard in the 1880's. Dr. Goheen rediscovered the overgrown and abandoned vineyard in 1963. This Valdepeñas selection was collected from that vineyard sometime in the 1960's and first appeared on the registered list in 1973. DNA analysis in 2000 showed that this selection matches the DNA reference for Tempranillo.