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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  • California

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

  • Rioja

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

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Albariño on Snooth

  • 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


  • Finca de Arantei White Albarino 2005

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    Wine review by Newbiwon Kenobi


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2006

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    Wine review by ecord


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2006

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    Not as crisp ... more straw and nutty-ness than I usually like in albarinos.But also some good apple on the front. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Oriel Albariño Rías Baixas Barona 2004

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    Wonderful cristalline whine...with an intense flower and citrus aroma. Zesty and refreshing highly aromatic wine. Ideal for the summer. Read More

    Wine review by Luscious


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