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Albariño: A Taste of Coastal Spain in a Wine Glass

Albariño is as refreshing and lively as the cool, green, windswept corner of Spain where it’s produced. Add an attractive price, and it’s little wonder that this white wine is one of the country’s most popular.

 

 

Some wines have a clear connection to a place. Their taste, their smell, even their appearance all seem to echo their region of origin. Albariño, the famous Spanish white made from a grape of the same name, is one such wine. Grown by the sea in the cool, green, windswept northwestern corner of Spain, Albariño is correspondingly cool, green and even a bit stony, aka minerally, too.

These qualities have made Albariño one of Spain’s most popular wines, as has its reasonable price tag. You can find a good bottle for around $20, and often much less. Lively and bright, Albariño is easy to drink. “This wine is like water—in a good way,” observed my friend Julie when I poured her a taste of an Albariño recently.

by: Lettie Teague

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About Rías Baixas

Denomination of Origin (DO) Rías Baixas is renowned for the Albariño grape, an indigenous variety that produces some of the world’s foremost white wines. Located in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain, the DO was formally established in 1988. Albariño has always been the flagship of this coastal region. In Rías Baixas’ unique climate, Albariño shares the same mineral-rich soils and cool climate as the world’s other renowned white wine-producing regions, including France’s Loire Valley, New Zealand, and the Rhine region of Germany.

History

The history of DO Rías Baixas dates back to 1980, when an official denomination was created specifically for the Albariño grape variety…(read more).

Our Terroir

Galicia bears a stronger resemblance to the green fields and rocky coasts of Ireland than classic images of drier, Castilian plains. Often referred to as Green Spain…(read more)

All About Albariño

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Mapping the Region

According to local legend, the Rías Baixas are the traces left by the fingers of God’s hand, when after creation he rested for a moment in…(read more)