Origin and History
Albariño is one of the white wines that have reached our days almost miraculously, as it was originally consumed just locally, and was never as recognized as it was later on. According to Galician accounts, it was the twelfth century monks of Cluny who brought this grape variety to the monastery of Armenteira (Pontevedra) and, from there, spread to the nearby lands.
It quickly acclimatized to the Galician weather conditions and became a regular wine in the surroundings of the Rías Baixas. In part, this is due to these grapes being easy to grow, in comparison to the other grape varieties and the difficulties they presented. It was never properly valued until last decades of the 20th century, coinciding also with its inclusion in the Albariño Denomination of Origin.
Albariños wines with a denomination of origin are made in the localities of the Rías Baixas, and a large part of the production is concentrated in the surroundings of Cambados, a town known as the capital of Albariño and a place where, every summer, a festival is held in his honor.
Characteristics of the grape
Albariños wines are soft, dry and light on the palate, which makes them a versatile accompaniment to food and even prepare recipes. Its alcohol content is above 11, which, when it comes to a wine, is no small amount.
The Albariño grape (the only grape used to make these wines) sprouts quickly, but takes a long time to mature. It is bright yellow or green with golden reflections, something quite unique and reflected in the wine. Its bunches are small and has a fruity aroma. That's why some diners find fragrances reminiscent of apricot.
Characteristics of the wine
The Regulatory Council of Rias Baixas describes the organoleptic characteristics of Albariño like this:
"Albariño type single-varietal wines have a bright straw-yellow color, with golden and green iridescence.
In the nose they have fine and distinguished floral and fruity aromas, which impress pleasantly, of medium intensity and powerful medium-long duration. In the mouth they are fresh and smooth, with sufficient body and alcoholic content, balanced acidity, harmonious and broad nuances. Its aftertaste is pleasant, elegant and complete".
Serving the Albariño wine
The Albariño can be served alone or with a dish, but it must always be cold. We recommend that it be at a temperature of between 7 and 10 degrees, when you serve it on the table. You do not need to carry any additives, whether fruit or ice, to cool it.
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