Common synonyms: Alvariñho, Albarin Blanco, Cainho Branco, Albariña, Azal Blanco, Galego, Galeguinho

Parentage of the grape: Two theories: 1. Riesling 2. Petit Manseng, possibly just indigenous to Galicia
History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Riesling or Petit Manseng, to Galicia sometime in the 12th or 13th century and created the Albariño clone. Obviously, if the grape is proven to be indigenous to Spain, that blows that theory out of the water. Regardless, it became the mainstay grape of Rias Baixas in Galicia, and is also a popular white under its local names in Portugal. The grape is late to the party in the New World, and didn’t make the migration till the last part of the 20th century. 
There has been some controversy as to the authenticity of the grape in Australia. In 2009, DNA evidence proved that in most fields, what was thought to be Albariño is in fact a Read more »

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  • Ferrum Rias Baixas Spain Albarino 2013


    not a bad "original" wine. very mild, slightly dry, hint of sweet and pleasant and kind to the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Klinker Brick Albarino 2014


    Not bad but not great Albarino from Klinker Brick. Flavors of apricot, ripe pear and honeysuckle go along with medium acidity, slightly flabby, viscuous texture (a touch of residual sugar?) and a medium short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Fun day!  Had a 2-hour massage, followed that up with a nice lunch at ... ... at ... had three wines - an Albarino, a Nero d'Avola and a Zinfandel.  I bought the first two at Total Wine a few days ago and I pulled a St. Francis 2011 Zinfandel from our wine cellar.  Sandra's last day at work is tomorrow.  She put in 32 years! &nbs Read More

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  • Licia Albarino Rias Baixas 2013


    A whiff of rose petal on the nose with mostly lemon notes. A bit soft in the mouth, this still shows some good acidity and freshness, lots of lemon on the palate, some soft cheese hints make for a creamy finish.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2007


    Just love it! Movida are on to a winner to accompany tapas Read More

    Wine review by Josnowball

  • La Cana Albarino 2014


    Binny's 8/28/15. Served at my 69th party. Mostly lady friends, who were stuck ... Grigio, and had never tasted Albarino raved about it. Sadly? for me it was an evening of sipping fine whiske Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Politics aside, I wish the Democrats would come up with a few better ... and Sandra ordered an Albarino.  We paired these with the halibut for myself and with snow crab for Sandra.  That halibut was the best I have tasted all year and we shared the very delicious snow crab.  No time for dessert though - time to walk over to the Smithsonian Muse... Read More

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  • Mar de Frades Albariño 2014


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Lusco Albariño Rías Baixas 2011


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Do Ferreiro Albariño 2013


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • I love the albaino grape-based wines. In particular, Marques de Vizhoja. The problem is I could never purchase it in Connecticut, and now it is no longer available in New York.

    Comment by 1007643Jeff1052 1007643 Jeff1052

  • Galicia - Northwest of Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means around 2000 years of wine tradition! It...

    Comment by 455289gerardo009 455289 gerardo009

  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977

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