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Vitis vinifera 'Tempranillo'

 
Vitis vinifera 'Tempranillo'
Clusters of developing grapes, late May
tempranillo grape

Common name tempranillo grape
Family vitaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers white
Size vine
Light sun

Black grape native to Spain, used for producing full-bodied red wines. We bought our plant as a wee cutting from a local grocery store, so we figured it would be quite some time before we;d see it produce any fruit. It was given license to climb up our backyard fence to hide the structure's monotonous appearance. By the end of its first season, it had accomplished that goal, twining its way to the top of the fence and beyond. In subsequent years, it expanded further, generally preferring to ramble across neighboring shrubs and perennials rather than stick to the trellising we attached to the fence – but it seems generally happy – which was uncertain, because from the little research I've done, I understand that grapes in Texas are best grown on specific rootstocks, and I don't believe our specimen is grafted onto a rootstock. It has threatened to produce grapes a couple of years now, but they haven't ripened up very well, succumbing to problems before they can get plump and dark. I hold out hope that this year will be better.

Vitis vinifera 'Tempranillo'
Our vine looked dead until about mid-March after a hard freeze in January 2018, but then rapidly put out new leaves leaves along most of its woody growth.
tempranillo grape
Mini-grapes by late April

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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