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Albariño


International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

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.