There is evidence that this variety has been grown in Rioja for several centuries.

It is more productive than the other red varieties and has a high tannin content, which gives it an important acidity and makes it ideal for ageing, as well as for complementing and enriching. Its versatility in crossbreeding makes it a key variety to reinforce other wines by coupage, for example, as a complement to Tempranillo for wines with long ageing.



Large berries, with a veraisoned epidermis, irregular colour evolution and blue-black colour with a lot of bloom.


Astringent and with bitter and herbaceous aromas.


When the production is high and the grapes are not yet sufficiently ripe, the tannins are astringent; it is best suited to young wines with carbonic maceration. However, in less fertile areas, with good soils, old vines and limited production, quality wines are obtained.


Reds 1.93%
Total 1.76%


Particularly sensitive to powdery mildew and adaptable to any type of soil, although it performs better in alluvial soils.


Needs higher thermal integral to ripen. Late budding and mid-season ripening, tending to late.


Carignan, Cariñena, Mazuela, Samsó.