It's International Alvarinho Day on 2 August! And because Alvarinho is such a popular wine, each year the wine festival Fiesta del Albariño, takes place in Cambados, Spain! This year, the festival will run from 1 to 5 August.

If you are unfamiliar with Alvarinho (also called Albariño), it is a light-bodied dry white wine grown mostly in Spain and Portugal. Best known for high acidity, citrus flavours and a touch of saltiness, it is often compared to Viognier and Gerwurztraminer,  with its botanical aromas and stone fruits, Pinot Gris and Chenin Blanc.

Where Alvarinho Grows

Alvarinho is traditionally grown in Portugal and Spain. Spanish Alvarinho wines are usually labeled Rias Baixas and in Portugal, Alvarinho is often blended into Vinho Verde wines. Alvarinho is spreading internationally and can now be found growing in California, Argentina, New Zealand and as far away as Brazil and Uruguay.

Hard To Find Wines stocks Alvarinho from Quinta Do Ermizio in Portugal. For available wines, read on!

Alvarinho Tasting Notes

Served cold, Alvarinho has aromas of citrus (lemon, lime and grapefruit), pear, honeysuckle, nectarine and beeswax, held together with subtle minerality. The taste offers acidity, saltiness and a subtle bitterness.

As the temperature increases in the glass, the flavours evolve to apricot, apple and pear notes.

Many Alvarinho wines can age for up to 7 years but it is usually best enjoyed within 2 years  the vintage to maintain the acidity and fruity aromas.

How to Serve Alvarinho Wines

While Alvarinho is wonderful enjoyed as an aperitif, its high acidity and slight bitterness make it an ideal food pairing wine.

Serve Alvarinho with seafood, white meats and light-coloured sauces. Alvarinho works particularly well with dishes enhanced with citrus flavours or aromatic herbs. Vietnamese, Thai and California-style Sushi pair well, as do ceviche, seafood pasta and shrimp.

Quinta Do Ermizio
Vinha Do Bouca 2016
£12.99

A bottle of Quinta Vinha da Bouca

Gold Medal Albarinhos Al Monde

A different and very mineral Alvarinho. Delicate bouquet combined with soft and fresh palate developing fruit and mineral hints. Good structure and mouth-filling with a long a clean finish. This is a wine with a refreshingly and harmonious aftertaste. Only 10,000 bottles produced.

Quinta Do Ermizio
Vinha Do Cuco 2016
£10.99

A bottle of Quinta Vinha du Coco

A blend of Alvarinho (70%) and Loureiro (30%), this charming wine has an elegant and distinct nose.  The palate is round and intense, lovely fruit and fresh acidity, with a clean and mineral finish. The combination of a discrete nose with mouth feeling makes this wine very pleasant to drink. Only 10,000 bottles produced.