me='viewport'/> the Blog Wine Cellar - Investing in Wine: Albariño

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Origin: ?? Spain? Portugal? France?
Other Names: Alvarinho, Cainho Branco, Albarín Blanco

It's unsure where exactly Albariño originates from but it has been rumored that it brought to Iberia by Cluny monks in the twelfth century. It is also theorized that the grape is a close relative of the French grape Petit Manseng. It is most commonly produced today in Spain's Galicia (northwest Spain) and in northern Portugal. Spain is producing great Albariño from the Rías Baixas DO that is known for great crisp acidity and floral aromatics. The Portuguese Vinho Verde has also become a popular platform for this variety. It's traditionally "high in acidity, low in alcohol, usually lightly sparkling and meant to be drunk almost immediately after bottling. This is a very high yielding varietal where the vines are often trellised in a fashion to support the weight of 30-40 grape clusters. The large canopies of Albariño respond well to heat and humidity because of the thick skins and quantity of clusters it's important to have the grapes fully ripened.

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