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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