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Albariño

Albariño is a white wine grape, primarily grown in the northwest of Spain and in the northeast of Portugal. It is known for its crisp, acidic character, floral and citrus aromas, and a flavor profile that can range from intense tropical fruit to herbal and almond notes. It is used to produce light-bodied, dry white wines that are often enjoyed as aperitifs or with seafood.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Albariño produces small, round, golden-green berries that are slightly smaller than those of Riesling. The grape is known for its aromatic qualities, with a bouquet dominated by floral notes such as honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossom, with citrus and tropical fruit aromas. On the palate, Albariño has a crisp acidity, with flavors of lemon, lime, honeydew, apple, peach and almond.

Fresh Albariño grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Albariño is most closely associated with Spain’s Galicia region, where it is believed to have originated. In Portugal, it is found in the Vinho Verde region. The grape is also grown in other parts of Spain, as well as in California and Australia. Albariño is a relatively easy grape to grow, though it is prone to powdery mildew and poor fruit set. It is grown in cool climates and is harvested in late August or early September. In the winery, it is typically fermented at cool temperatures, with the goal of preserving its aromas and freshness. In Galicia, Albariño is often blended with Loureiro and Trajadura. The blend is known as Alvarinho in Portugal, where the grape is also blended with white varieties such as Arinto, Azal, and Loureiro. In California and Australia, it is usually made as a single-variety wine. Albariño is a great pairing for seafood dishes, especially those with a spicy kick. It also goes well with salads and light white meats, as well as creamy cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.

Foods to pair with Albariño:

Fish
Light meat
Pasta
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Albariño
Albariño is a grape variety that has been used to make wine since the Middle Ages. In the 19th century, it was almost wiped out by phylloxera, but it was successfully replanted in the 1970s and has since become one of the most popular white grape varieties in Spain and Portugal.

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Paco & Lola Albariño is a refreshing white wine produced by Bodegas Paco & Lola in the Rías Baixas appellation of Spain. The vineyards are located, where the cool Atlantic climate and granitic soils create ideal growing conditions for the Albariño grape. The wine is made using traditional winemaking techniques, including hand harvesting and gentle pressing, to preserve the delicate aromas and flavors of the grape. The resulting wine is crisp and lively, with notes of citrus, green apple, and white peach. Its bright acidity and minerality make it a perfect pairing for seafood and other light dishes.
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This wine offers a bright and fresh aroma, with light notes of green apple, citrus and tropical fruit such as melon and pineapple. On the palate, it is a balanced and refreshing wine, with a light body and crisp acidity. The finish is long and elegant, with a slight mineral note and herbal notes. This is an excellent example of a Rías Baixas Albariño, combining the classic characteristics of the variety with a modern and elegant style.
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Terras Gauda O Rosal is a premium white wine produced by Terras Gauda, a renowned winery located in the Rias Baixas appellation of Galicia, Spain. The wine is made from a blend of indigenous grape varieties, including Albariño, Loureiro, and Caiño Blanco, grown in the winery's own vineyards located in the O Rosal subzone. The vineyards are characterized by their unique terroir, with granite soils and a maritime climate that impart a distinct minerality and freshness to the wine. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, gentle pressing, and fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the wine's natural aromas and flavors. The resulting wine is a crisp, elegant, and complex white wine with notes of citrus, tropical fruits, and floral aromas, making it a perfect pairing for seafood and light dishes.
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Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio is a white wine produced by Bodegas Terras Gauda in the Rías Baixas appellation of Spain. The wine is made from a blend of three grape varieties: Albariño, Loureiro, and Caíño Blanco, all grown in the winery's own vineyards. The vineyards are located in the O Rosal subzone, which is known for its unique microclimate and soil composition. 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 fresh, aromatic, and elegant, with notes of citrus, white flowers, and a hint of minerality. It is a perfect match for seafood, salads, and light dishes.
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