Also known as Alvarinho (Portugal).
A white grape variety from the northwestern Iberian Peninsula, Albariño is able to adapt to a variety of geographical conditions but prefers oceanic settings. Its success has opened up new horizons beyond Spain and Portugal: Australia, Chile and the United States. Most often grown as a single grape variety, it produces succulent, crisp and lively white wines such as Portugal's famous Vinho Verde DOC or Galician Rias Baixas DO.
Pale colour with green reflections, a little more sustained when the wine is matured in barrels, which is the case of the Rias Baixas.
Intensely aromatic nose marked by notes of lemon, apricot, peach, pear, white flowers, aromatic herbs and exotic fruits (guava).
Mouth reveals a pronounced acidity that is a guarantee of freshness even though these are wines with a high alcohol content. One finds the generosity of the aromas under the palate with a touch of saltiness.
Aperitif, terrines (fish and vegetables). Shellfish and crustaceans (scallops). Fish, even raw (Tuna tartar with sesame, trout fillet with cream sauce). White meat (poultry in cream sauce, sweetbreads). Not very matured cheeses.