Albarino (alba-reen-yo) is a light-bodied yet high quality white grape that originated in Northwest Spain (Galicia). Today it is mainly grown in Spain and Portugal.
Well known regions for Albarino include Rias Baixas, (Spain) and Minho (Portugal). We’re starting to see a lot more Albarino grown on the Central Coast in California since the varietal is well-suited for maritime climates and is always planted near the ocean. (Watch for Albarino’s coming out of Southern Oregon and Washington State.)
Rías Baixas, Spain is known as the capital of Albariño production where 90% of the vineyards are Albarino grapes. In Minho, Portugal the “Alvarinho” is used to make Vinho Verde (slightly green-tinted spitzy white wine).
Carpe Travel collaborated with Maia Parish to compile the grape varietal overviews. Maia Parish is an award-winning events producer, sommelier, wine judge, and media consultant. She lives in Denver, Colorado and likes to eat copious amounts of food. You can find her here www.linktr.ee/thewinemistress.