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If ever there was a perfect time to celebrate this coastal Spanish white, then it's summer time in London. August 1st is officially Albariño day! As usual, we are of the opinion that one day is never enough to celebrate any Spanish wine, so we are extending the fiesta for the entire week!
International Albariño Day takes place on the last day of the Albariño festival which 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.
A theory exists that the Albariño grape was brought in the 12th century to the monastery of Armenteira (in the Salnés valley, Pontevedra) by the French monks of Cluny, and that its cultivation thereafter spread to the rest of Galicia and the north of Portugal. The Umia River is said to be the “father” of the Albariño grape, since vines have been grown along its banks and wine produced there since the Middle Ages. This hypothesis is now considered just a part of wine folklore, since the Albariño grape is widely accepted as an indigenous variety of the south of Galicia.
Another more recent claim was that Albariño might have travelled from central Europe, possibly with the migrations of Germanic peoples (the Suebi and Visigoths) in the 5th century, and then found its home in the north-west of Spain, close to the borders of ancient Gallaecia.
Leaving aside legends, what we can be very sure of is that this grape variety has been grown in the area of Rías Baixas for over 1,000 years, and given its characteristics, it is perfectly adapted to the region’s special climatic features.
What's on offer this week?
In collaboration with DO Rias Baixas, and Albariño UK, we have a nice little offer for you this coming week. To demonstrate the scope and variety of this Galician grape we have a compare & contrast exercise for you to try and also the opportunity to win a Rias Baixas goodie bag of merch & a bottle of Albariño! For only £12 you can try 2 exceptional examples of Albariño, 7" Siete Pulgadas and Pazo Señorans.
All 5 of our venues will have this promotion available: