International Albariño Day, celebrated annually on August 1, was born out of a contest between two men — Bernardo Quintanilla and Ernesto Zàrate — to determine the best wine of 1952. The following year pioneered the Albariño Day celebration. The albariño grape is grown in several countries, but Spain is the largest producer. Albariño grape has a distinctive botanical aroma and is used to produce white wine varietals.
History of Albariño Day
International Albariño Day takes place on the last day of the Albariño festival. Also known as Fiesta del Albariño, this festival occurs during the week leading to the first Sunday of August in Cambados, Spain. The festival originated from a challenge between two men, Bernardo Quintanilla and Ernesto Zarate, to determine the best wine of 1952.
‘Albariño’ or ‘Alvarinho’ is a variety of grape grown mainly in Galicia, an autonomous community of Spain. In Portugal, this grows in Melgaco and Monaco. Varietal white wines are brewed from the grape, which belongs to the ‘Vitis vinifera’ species. Interestingly, albariño also grows in California, especially in Clarksburg, Napa, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Los Carneros. Oregon and Washington State also produce this grape. Contrary to the popular theory that albariño grapes were brought to Spain by French monks from Cluny in France, research suggested the existence of these grapes in Spain for centuries. Moreover, no evidence of Albariño, even going by a different name, has been found in Cluny.
In other cities, such as Lima, Braga, Valdeorras, and Ribeiro, Albariño is mixed with other grapes like Loureiro, Godelho, Cainho, and Arinto to produce blended wines. Wine brewed from albariño grapes is unusually light, with an alcohol level of about 11.5% to 12.5%. Furthermore, the grape itself is known for its distinctive botanical aroma with a citrus undertone; it also has thick skins and numerous pips, which may cause residual bitterness.
Albariño Day timeline
Ancient winemaking and viticulture spread from Phoenicia.
Wine first arrives in northern Africa and southern Europe.
Romans begin to use barrels in winemaking.
The first Albariño Festival is held.
Albariño Day FAQs
When was Albariño wine discovered?
Based on popular belief, Albariño wine originated sometime during the 12th century.
Can you eat grapes used for wine?
Albariño is a wine grape; wine grapes are usually not eaten raw.
What’s the most popular wine varietal in the world?
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular wine grape variety.
Albariño Day Activities
Celebrate by sampling some delicious grapes. They are sweet and also contain nutrients with immense health benefits.
Go to a wine-tasting event
Attend a wine-tasting event if one’s happening near you. While you’re at it, learn about the aging process of some of your favorite wines.
Spread the word
Spread the word about International Albariño Day. Tell others about it and create a post with the hashtag #AlbariñoDay on social media.
5 Fun Facts About Wine
It can be spat out
At some wine-tasting events, spitting out wine after tasting it is acceptable.
Women couldn’t drink wine
In early Roman times, women didn’t drink wine and could be killed if caught.
Alcohol affects women differently
Due to their metabolism, women are more sensitive than men to alcohol.
There are lots of grape varieties
Worldwide, over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes exist.
Swirling isn’t just for show
Wine-tasters swirl wine in the glass to release its aroma.
Why We Love Albariño Day
It celebrates wine
Wine is one of the oldest and most loved drinks globally. Albariño wine has made its mark in the wine industry; thus, it deserves a day of its own.
It’s a celebration of culture
International Albariño Day celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Galicia and other albariño-producing states. Since research has proven that the albariño grape is native to Galicia, this gives them a unique claim and sense of cultural pride.
Albariño wine is popularized
As a result of the awareness created on International Albariño Day, more people have the opportunity to learn about this unique wine. More importantly, this promotes the business of wine-makers.
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