What is Albariño

Albariño is a truly unique and special grape variety. Grown in the northwest region of Spain, particularly in the Rías Baixas denomination of origin, it produces crisp, dry white wines with a high acidity that is perfectly balanced with delicate flavors of citrus, green apple and mineral.

The wine is often described as having a subtle salinity that is a characteristic of the wine coming from the coastal region where it is grown. On the palate, it is light-bodied, with a refreshing and lively acidity, making it a perfect wine to pair with seafood, shellfish, and other light and refreshing dishes.

It is also worth mentioning that Albariño wines are also known for their aging potential, with some wines showing complexity and depth after a few years in bottle.

How to pronounce Albariño

Albariño is pronounced “al-ba-REE-nyo”

What is Albariño also known as

Albariño is also known by several other names, depending on the region where it is grown. In Portugal, it is known as Alvarinho. In Galicia, Spain, it is often referred to as Albarino. It’s also known as Alvarin or Alvarinho in other regions.

What does Albariño taste like

Taste profile

High Acidity, Medium Alcohol, Low Body, 

Primary Flavours

Lemon Zest, Lime, Grapefruit, Honeydew, Nectarine, Saline

Storage & Handling

When storing and handling Albariño wine, it is important to keep a few key things in mind.

Temperature: Albariño should be stored in a cool, dark place with a consistent temperature of around 55°F (13°C). Exposure to extreme heat or fluctuations in temperature can cause the wine to spoil or lose its flavor and aroma.

Humidity: The humidity level should be maintained between 50-70% to avoid the corks from drying out.

Light: Albariño should be stored away from direct sunlight or bright lights, as UV light can damage the wine.

Bottle Position: It’s recommended to store the bottle in a horizontal position to keep the cork moist, this way the wine will not come into contact with the air and it will preserve the wine’s quality.

Serving Temperature: Albariño should be served at a temperature of around 45-50°F (7-10°C) to allow the flavors and aromas to fully express themselves.

Opening: When opening a bottle of Albariño, it is recommended to use a wine opener and to pour the wine into a decanter or carafe to allow it to breathe and open up before serving.

Overall, proper storage and handling of Albariño wine will help to preserve its quality and ensure that you can enjoy it to the fullest.

Food Pairing

What do you pair with Albariño

Albariño is a truly versatile wine that pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods. The wine’s high acidity and subtle salinity make it a perfect match for seafood dishes, particularly shellfish like oysters, clams, and mussels. But it also pairs well with lighter dishes like grilled or seared fish, poultry, and pork.

For the vegetarians, Albariño’s light and fresh profile makes it an excellent pairing for vegetable-based dishes, particularly salads and grilled vegetables. It also goes well with soft and creamy cheeses, such as goat cheese and brie.

Additionally, Albariño’s high acidity can help to balance the heat of spicy dishes, making it a great option for pairing with Thai, Indian or Mexican cuisine. And lastly, if you are looking for a traditional pairing, Albariño is a great match for the Spanish traditional dish, Paella.

When pairing with food, the key is to look for dishes that have a similar level of acidity and freshness as the wine and to avoid dishes that are too heavy or rich. With its versatile profile, Albariño wine is a perfect match for a wide range of flavors and cuisines, making it a wine that all wine enthusiasts should try at least once.

Where is Albariño grown?

Albariño is a grape variety that is grown primarily in the northwest region of Spain, in the Rías Baixas denomination of origin. Rías Baixas is a wine region located in the province of Pontevedra in Galicia, known for its cool and humid climate, perfect for growing white grape varieties like Albariño. This area is known for its Atlantic influence, which provides a perfect environment for producing wines with high acidity, minerality and a subtle salinity.

In addition to Rías Baixas, Albariño is also grown in other regions of Spain such as Monterrei and Ribeiro, which are smaller regions but with a great potential for producing top-quality wines.

It’s also worth mentioning that Albariño is also grown in small amounts in Portugal, specifically in the Vinhos Verdes region, in the subregion of Monção e Melgaço, where it’s known as Alvarinho. This region has similar characteristics to Rías Baixas, with a cool and humid climate that allows for the production of wines with high acidity and minerality.

Overall, the Albariño grape variety is well-adapted to the coastal region’s climate and soils, making it one of the most important grape varieties in the northwest of Spain and Portugal, producing wines that are crisp, fresh and elegant, with a unique personality and terroir-driven character, perfect for seafood and light dishes and also to enjoy by themselves.