Aug 12, 2018
We share the story of Spain's Albariño/ Portugal's Alvarinho.
From ancient fame, to near extinction, and then triumphant
resurrection, this grape is one of our favorites -- aromatic,
acidic, complex yet delicious! It's a must in your wine
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Here are the show notes:
- Spanish/Portuguese name for aromatic, high quality vine
- In Spain considered to be among the oldest varieties of the
- The regular: Romans, Cistercian monks, big fame in the 14th and
15th centuries with the discovery of the New World /colonies
- And its own quirks: Trade wars and export bans in the
19thcentury led to overcapacity and vineyard abandonment, and some
issues with drugs
- Phylloxera devastated vineyards, during the replanting in the
early 20th century, Albariño began to emerge as the region’s star,
with new generation of skilled winemakers – many of them women
- Rías Baixas called “Green Spain”,
- Moderate year-round temperatures, damp Atlantic-influenced
climate but lots of sunshine for ripening granite and alluvial
- Rías Baixas, “Lower Rivers”—referring to the four estuaries in
the region’s southwestern edge. Albariño 96 percent of
- of Producers: Approx. 180
Portugal – Alvarinho
- Grown in northwest Portugal over the border in Galicia in
- Great diversity – probably an old variety
Some in CA, Oregon, Australia thought they were growing it but
it was the French grape Savagnin
In the vineyard
- Moderately vigorous, controlling yields is important
- Thick skins so they can withstand damp climate
- Trellising system is important – can reduce or increase yields,
help with reducing mildew issues but can encourage overcropping
- Most all grapes are hand-harvested
- Temperature control in modern, stainless steel tanks
- Wild yeast fermentation is common
- Sometimes oak matured or aged for years on the lees (dead yeast
cells) in stainless before release, for texture and increasing the
aging potential of Rias Baixas wines.
- Peach, apricot, melon, pineapple, mango and honeysuckle.
Sometimes a salty marine note. High in acidity with alcohol levels
DO Rías Baixas - five distinct
- Ribeira do Ulla: Inland, newer area
- Condado do Tea: inland, warmer, drier area, less fruity,
- Val do Salnés: on the Atlantic coast, northern half of the
region, features the most coastline. crisp, aromatic “melony”,
salinity, minerality acidity and freshness
- Soutomaior: Smallest sub-regions
- O Rosal: Peachier, softer style
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