Albariño is a white grape variety that is primarily grown in the Rías Baixas region of Spain, which is located in the northwest corner of the country, near the Atlantic Ocean. The grape is known for producing crisp, refreshing white wines that are often high in acidity and have a distinctive aroma of peach, apricot, and citrus fruits.
Albariño grapes are typically grown on pergolas or trellises to allow the fruit to ripen properly in the cool, damp climate of the Rías Baixas region. The grapes are usually harvested by hand, and the resulting wines are often fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve their bright, fresh flavors.
Albariño wines are versatile and pair well with a wide range of foods, including seafood, poultry, and spicy dishes. They are also a popular choice for sipping on their own, especially during the warmer months of the year.
The thick skinned Albarino is resistant to mildew and young Abarino with its refreshing and crisp finish (matches well with typical Galician dishes of shellfish) has a growing following.
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Often used as a blending grape in Vinho Verde in Portugals Mino region, where it is known as Alvarino