Varietal origin: Albariño is a white grape varietal that is native to the Rías Baixas region in Galicia, northwest Spain. It is also grown in other regions of Spain, as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho and is used to produce Vinho Verde wines.
Typical taste profiles: Albariño wines are known for their crisp and refreshing character. They are typically medium-bodied with high acidity, and often exhibit intense aromatics. Albariño wines are known for their flavors of stone fruits such as peach and apricot, with hints of citrus, green apple, and saline notes. They are often described as vibrant and zesty, with a long and lingering finish.
Regional styles: Albariño is primarily associated with the Rías Baixas region in Spain, where it is often made into single-varietal wines. Rías Baixas Albariño wines are typically characterized by their freshness, high acidity, and pronounced fruit flavors. They are often fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve their bright and zesty character. In Portugal, Alvarinho is used to produce Vinho Verde wines, which are known for their light and effervescent style with a touch of spritz, and often exhibit flavors of green fruits and floral notes.