Alvarinho, known as Albariño in Spain, is one of Portugal’s most distinguished white grape varieties, primarily cultivated in the Vinho Verde region. This grape is renowned for producing high-quality, aromatic wines characterised by their fresh acidity, medium body, and notable minerality. Alvarinho wines typically exhibit flavours of lemon, peach, and apricot, underscored by delicate floral notes and a hint of bitterness on the finish reminiscent of almond skin. Although often enjoyed young to appreciate its vibrancy, Alvarinho has the potential to age, developing more complex, honeyed flavours over time. It’s a perfect companion for seafood, enhancing Portugal’s rich culinary tapestry.