Regional Varieties: Albariño Aligoté Amigne Arneis Chasselas Colombard Cortese Fiano Grechetto Grenache Blanc Malvasia Istriana Marsanne Muscadelle Muscat of Alexandria Ortega Palomino Parellada Petite Arvine Prosecco Rieslaner Roussanne Savagnin Scheurebe Seyval Blanc Tocai Friulano Torrontés Vermentino Welschriesling
Albariño is one of the prominent Spanish grapes. Dry and acidic, it is somewhat reminiscent of Chardonnay but has its own unique flavors. Its name means "the white from Rhine." Its distinctive apricot and peach aromas, along with unusual yellow color, make it fairly easy to distinguish from other grapes. It requires heat and humidity to grow, and has only recently been planted by serious growers.
The two places where it thrives are Galicia, Spain, and Moncao, Portugal. In Spain, the town of Cambados and, less specifically, the Rías Baixas DO are particularly well-known spots where the grape thrives. Unauthorized plantings in Vinho Verde, Portugal, have recently been attracting as much attention as the authorized region for the grape, Moncao.