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Airen

Airen is the most planted white grape variety in Spain. It is mostly used to produce Brandy but also produces light to medium-bodied wines with moderate to low acidity and moderate alcohol levels.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Airen is a light green-yellow grape with aromas of green apple, pear, citrus and melon. On the palate, it has a soft texture and a lingering, slightly bitter finish.

Fresh Airen grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Airen is widely grown in Spain, where it is the most widely planted white variety. It is particularly popular in the regions of Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura, where it is blended with other local varieties to create crisp, light white wines. Airen has good resistance to drought, which makes it well suited to the hot, dry climate of Spain. It ripens late and the yields are can be very high. Airen wines are typically fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for a short period of time before released to the markets. In Castilla-La Mancha, Airen is blended with other local varieties such as Macabeo and Verdejo to create bright, floral white wines. In Extremadura, it is blended with Malvar and Palomino to create light-bodied, dry white wines with citrus and floral notes. Airen wines are best served chilled and can be enjoyed with light dishes such as fish, salads, and white meat.

Foods to pair with Airen:

Pasta
Fish
Light meat
Vegetable
Salad
Fruit
Fun Fact about Airen
Airen is one of the most widely planted white grape variety in the world, with an estimated 200.000 hectares planted in Spain alone.

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Badet Clement Blanc de Blancs Brut Fleuraison is a delightful sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon, this wine is made exclusively from white grapes, resulting in a Blanc de Blancs style. The vineyard features optimal conditions, with carefully selected vines that contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves a meticulous approach, ensuring that only the finest grapes are used and that the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The end result is a crisp and elegant wine with a lively effervescence, offering notes of citrus and white flowers. Perfect for celebrations or as an aperitif, this wine is a true testament to the artistry of winemaking.
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Pepe Mendoza Casa Agrícola Blanco is a premium white wine produced by Pepe Mendoza, a renowned winemaker from Alicante, Spain. The wine is made from a blend of traditional Spanish grape varieties, including Airen, Macabeo, and Moscatel de Alejandría, grown in the vineyards located in the heart of the Alicante region. The vineyards are characterized by their high altitude, which provides the grapes with a unique freshness and minerality. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of the grapes, followed by a gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is crisp, refreshing, and aromatic, with notes of citrus, white flowers, and a hint of minerality. Pepe Mendoza Casa Agrícola Blanco is a perfect wine to pair with seafood, salads, and light dishes.
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