Albariño

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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  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Portugal

      Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some o...

  • Rioja

    The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. R...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Edna Valley

      The Edna Valley AVA is located within San Luis Obispo County in California’s Central Coast...

  • Blanco County

      Blanco County is a wine-producing area within Texas Hill Country. It’s become quite the to...

  • Galicia

    Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Oc...

  • Rías Baixas

      This region lies along the Atlantic coastline in Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain. ...

Popular Wineries using Albariño

  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Bodegas Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

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Albariño on Snooth

  • Raimat Albariño Costers del Segre Viña 24 2007

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    Wine review by jmf


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2007

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    First impression, big apricot aromas, followed by notes of straw, white peach, juicy green melon and a hint of ripe banana. Wait, add a touch of butter cream in there too. Wow, great acidity, but not overwhelming, rather like tasting a gentle wave of minerals lap over your tongue leaving a gentle green apple and a creamy white peach finish. I'm ... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2007

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    Pale gold color to this wine with a nose that seems to call for your attention while giving a riff on what it means to be a peach. Nectarine? Oh wait, melons from the south of France, orange and intense, ripe and rich. Or was it a mango in disguise, I love the indecision as I return to it for the next surprise. In the mouth I love the light spri... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adegas Galegas Rias Baixas Veigadares 2006

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    This is a great white wine. The combination of albarino,treixadura and lourerio grapes, mostly albarino, makes the wine both tart and sweet. I love Albarino's but it can be at times tart. The addition of the two other grapes makes thisp erfect. Its crispy and goes well with fish and chicken. Read More

    Wine review by wine queen


  • Artesa Albarino Carneros Estate 2006

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    Wine review by Annliese


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2006

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    Have not met an Albarino that I didnt like. This one is special as I had this first in a restaurant with my best friend and ever since I have been emotional tied. This one is my favorite of all of the Albarinos that I have tasted exhibiting a Viognier like nose of dried apricots and peaches with a medium weight, and pure, clean flavors. Great w... Read More

    Wine review by treg906


  • Granbazán Albariño Ambar 2005

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    Delicious and full of fruit flavor, I believe I had the '06 vintage. Ordered it at a terrific spanish seafood restaurant on Staten Island. However my distaste for seafood had prevented me from the obviously delicious pairing, it went quite well with my pork chops. Read More

    Wine review by Rob Gordon


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2005

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    Nice, my first albarino. Distinctly different than other whites I drink, notable Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin blank. I get some lush fruitiness and a little spice. Long lasting finish, looking forward to searving to guests with some spicy camarones! Read More

    Wine review by LuvsChandon


  • Havens Wine Cellars Albariño Carneros 2007

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    The first winery to produce Albarino in the US, and luckily, producing a very unique, flinty, refreshing wine full of minerals and melons. A white wine to place your bets on. A crowd pleaser, food matcher, smile maker. Read More

    Wine review by GrapeJuice


  • Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño Rías Baixas Albariño D Fefiñanes 2007

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    Lightly effervescent and delicate golden color. The nose is a bit musty with some woody notes that I at first took for cork, but it may not be. On the palate it is mustier, and I'm starting to think this is a bad bottle. The finish sums it up, lightly corked, but just enough as to where it loses it's freshness. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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