Rías Baixas, home to the albariño grape, takes its name from the estuaries that flow into Galicia. These waterways feed the ecosystem connecting the land to the ocean. The Atlantic influence creates a maritime microclimate, giving the wines a saline, sea breeze character.
Albariño has been riding a wave of popularity since the D.O. formed in 1986, and many producers have taken on the challenge of producing high quality single vineyard wines of substance.
Trellised to keep the vines dry, some of the oldest vines in Spain (300 years) are known for freshness, bright acidity and minerality. Look for stony fruits and citrus zest such as nectarine, grapefruit, peach and honeydew. Traditionally fermented in stainless steel, some producers are trying their hands at oak aging too. The quality and variety have never been better.