Airén

Airén is a white Vinifiera variety, and is by acreage the most widely grown grape in the world. Native to Spain, this grape represents nearly 30% of grapes grown. However, these plantings are typically at low density, and the resulting wines can be bland and overly acidic. As such its principle use is in the manufacture of brandy, and many plantings are being uprooted in favor of planting red wine varieties. The varietal is most abundant in the DOs of Valdepenas and La Mancha.
 
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Nut, Rose
Region(s): La Mancha
 
 
– Description from Daniel Peng

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  • Right, what geeks or collectors drink is a drop in the bucket compared to the ... even two meals worth.  Airen is the glugging white grape of Spain, and covers a huge area, although the amount of wine may be less because it's grown in inhospitable climates that keep yields down--other grapes wouldn't grow there at all.  It's still high on the ... Read More

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  • Ask and ye shall be answered, JD. From Univ. of Adelaide:The world’s 10 ... ... varieties in 19901. Airen2. Garnacha tinta3. Rkatsiteli4. Sultaniye5. Trebbiano Toscana6. Mazuelo7. Merlot8. Cabernet sauvignon 9. Monastrell10. Bobal...And in 20101. Cabernet Sauvignon2. Merlot3. Airen4. Tempranillo5. Chardonnay6. Syrah7. Garnacha tinta8. Sauvigno... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Protocolo Blanco Dominio de Eguren 2014

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    Not much going on with this Spanish white blend of Macabeo and Airen. There are some floral aromatics on the nose but on the palate this is somewhat flat and one dimensional. There is a bit of watered down lemon juice and maybe a touch of green apple. The acidity is decent but overall this is a fairly thin and simple wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Epiphanic - I like that word DM. For me, the shining star in my (limited) ... ... This is 60% macabeo and 40% airen (at one time the most widely planted grape in the world and one that hardly anyone has ever heard of).Not much going on here, nothing to see, move along.  There are some floral aromatics on the nose but on the palate this is some... Read More

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  • James, would love to hear the details of that Pouilly Fume once your feet touch ... number 3 on the list behind airen and tempranillo.Not a whole lot of aroma on this. The palate is mainly ripe dark berries, ripe rhubarb, some earthiness, a bit of leather, grippy mouth drying tannins, medium acidity and a medium finish. Kind of reminds me of a ... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Laman Blanco Joven Airén NV

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    Straw yellow color. Hints of apples in the nose. Ligth body, crisp, almost tart. (somehow it reminds me the nose of cava.) Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Bodegas Ayuso Armino la Mancha Semi Dulce Airen 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Protocolo White 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


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