Winery : Bodegas Gallegas
Founder: Manuel Vázquez
Region : Rías Baixas, Galicia
Albarino (Alvarinho) is native to Galicia on the north Atlantic coast of Spain. It is best known as being the key grape variety in the Rias Baixas DO, where it makes plump white wines with peach, citrus and mineral characters that pair perfectly with the local seafood.
Rías Baixas is a DO wine zone in the Galicia region. Although a comparatively young DO (established in 1988), Rías Baixas has rapidly grown in stature thanks to the efforts of its various enterprising producers, who have adopted modern winemaking techniques to showcase the region's signature Albariño. It is named after the coastal inlets (or rías) that characterize the landscape here.
All wines labeled Rías Baixas must be at least 70 percent Albariño, with the rest made up of Treixadura, Torrontes, Loureiro and Caiño Blanco, a rarely-seen Galician grape which is often mistaken for Albariño.