Until recently Spain was not known for its white wines. The most famous white wine in Spain comes from the Rueda wine-growing region (Valladolid, Segovia and Avila) in Castilla y Leon. The main grape used for Rueda is verdejo, though the wine is often a blend (with the rest usually made up with Sauvignon Blanc). Verdejo is similar to sauvignon in that it’s a light crisp acidic white.
Spain’s most famous wine region, La Rioja, is mainly known for its red wines – but it also makes some good white wine too. White Rioja is made from Viura (also known as Macabeo) and can be oaked adding caramel notes or unoaked producing a fresh alternative to Sauvignon. Melquior (unoaked) or Abando are our best sellers.
Finally and not to be missed is the famous Albarino grape from Rias Baixas. The grape is noted for its distinctive aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity. A great Spanish alternative if you are a Pinot Grigio fan.