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Wines from Rias Baixas: Albariño

July 21, 2021

Wines from Rias Baixas: Albariño

Albariño has been a much celebrated grape variety in recent years and can now be found growing in vineyards across the world.... but the Rias Baixas, in Galicia, is the mecca of Albariño production. 

In the north-west corner of Spain, the land is lush and green, with a climate closer to that of Brittany than Andalucia. The high rainfall and Atlantic influence provides a temperate climate perfect for growing this fashionable grape, which constitutes 95% of the overall wine production in the region. It is a wine with increasing popularity thanks to it’s fresh peach, citrus and tropical fruit flavours, bright acidity and mineral profile.

There are five sub-regions of the Rias Baixas D.O. and here we showcase two of them:

Val do Salnes, in the North West of Galicia, is the coolest and wettest. The wines often have a citrus tang and saline minerality due to their close proximity to the ocean.  It is considered as the birthplace of Albariño and is known to produce high quality wines. 

Bordering Portugal, Condado de Tea (or Tea County), one of the southernmost sub-regions of D.O. Rias Baixas.



It is also the second largest and is formed of hillsides and terraced vineyards. Due to it’s inland situation, it is warmer and drier than the other subregions.  

Luzada (Val do Salnes)

 A delicious wine from the Paco & Lola winery. The Albariño grapes are manually picked from only the best vineyards. A dry and crisp, mineral wine with buckets of ripe stone fruit. Elegant and affordable. A real peach! A refreshing aperitif or ideal partner to light fish dishes, salad or sushi.

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Alba Martin (Val do Salnes)

The vines are grown on the sides of the valleys around the river Tamega, at between 400-450 metres above sea level. The soils are a mixture of granite, slate, clay and sand and the vines are trained in an overhead "Emparrado" system. An aromatic and elegant Albariño, with notes of white flowers, white peach, pear, apricot and citrus notes, balanced by a mouth-watering acidity and hint of salinity.

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Laxas Sparkling Sensum (Condado de Tea)

The Sparkling Sensum is a fine, traditional method sparkling wine with characteristic Albariño flavour profile. It is intensely perfumed with apple, stone fruit and floral notes and the granite and slate soils lend a cool, mineral structure. It is elegant with fine persistent bubbles, biscuit flavors reminiscent of Champagne and a long fruity finish.

Typically paired with seafood, fish and rice dishes. 

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We have a limited number of beautifully packaged Spanish Tinned Sardines to accompany your Albariño of choice. Get ‘em whilst you can! 

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