Learn about Airén — taste profile, popular regions and more …
Outshining all other white vine varieties in the world as far as vineyard acreage—though that is also because lack of water forces low density planting—Airén is ultimately one of the more important Spanish wine grapes. Airén vines prefer training into low bushes, which make them resistant to drought. Used traditionally in La Mancha and Valdepeñas for blending with the red variety, Tempranillo, it is becoming more fashionable when vinified as a crisp, youthful, single varietal white.
Tasting Notes for Airén
Airén is a light-bodied white wine with a medium acidity, noteworthy floral aromas and flavors of yellow apple, tropical and citrus fruits.
Perfect Food Pairings for Airén
Try Airén with grilled sardines & peppers, prawns in garlic & lemon, spicy sauteed broccoli, pesto pasta or the Spanish omelette.
Sommelier Secrets for Airén
In the Canary Islands, Airén goes by Burra Blanca (meaning "white donkey"), and takes to blending with Malvasia, Breval and Listan Blanco (Palomino).
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