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Frequently Asked Questions About Spanish White

Which Spanish white wine would be best served with seafood?

Verdejo food pairing: A fresh, crispy, and easy wine is a perfect pair for seafood and salads with shrimp or white fish.

Godello food pairing: Because of its excellent structure and soft texture, it makes a fantastic match not only for salads and seafood, but can also handle heavier fishes and even chicken and pasta dishes.

Albarino food pairing: With a zesty and refreshing character, this Spanish white wine, shaped by the oceanic influence of the Atlantic, is the perfect match for seafood dishes and salads.

What are the Spanish white wine varietals?

Spain's most planted grape varietal is called Airen and is used mainly for Brandy and entry-level white blends. When it comes to high-quality wines delivering fantastic value for money, the most famous Spanish white wine is Albarino. Viura grapes are used for White Riojas, Verdejo grapes for Rueda, and Godello for Valdeorras and Bierzo whites. On top of that, Palomino Fino is the base for Sherry, while Macabeo, Xarello, and Parrellada are the grape varieties used to produce Cava and other white wines from Catalonia, along with Garnacha Blanca.

Information About Spanish White

Spain is known to be a red-wine producing country. Focused on Tempranillo, the pride of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions, it has certainly become the country's signature grape. If you want to explore our selection of Spanish reds, you'll find a great selection here. (link)

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, a fantastic climate diversity, a new generation of bold and smart winemakers, and a thriving fishing and seafood industry, Spanish white wine is headed to great success.

Did you know? Despite being famous for its red wines, 61.5% of Spain's vineyards are planted with white grapes.

What are the Best Spanish White Wines?

In general, Spain delivers white wines that are typically light-bodied, dry, and made to be drunk young, meaning winemakers release them when they are ready to drink as they generally won't benefit from aging. Spain is, in general, more famous for its red wines than its whites, but new-wave winemakers are doing a terrific job of putting out there some fantastic examples of bold Spanish spirit.

Spain is a large country with a vast diversity of climates and soils, and, therefore, of wine styles. The dramatic mountain chains and the ocean proximity of some regions serve to explain these significant regional differences. In Spain, as much as other Old World Countries like France or Italy do, wines are divided into different wine regions, each with their own wine laws and quality standards. Nowadays, there are more than 70 DOs ("Designation of Origin"), and when it comes to labels, regional names such as Rioja or Ribera del Duero are used over grape varietals. Not long ago, it was rather unusual to find grape names on Spanish labels, but modern winemakers are now considering the consumer, clearly stating the grape variety like Garnacha or Albariño.


Located in Castilla y Leon, Rueda is the Spanish word for 'wheel.' Verdejo, the principal grape used for Rueda, often is blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Verdejo from Rueda delivers herbal, fruity, and fresh whites intended to be drunk young. Verdejo is also known for its expressive tropical aromatics with notes of citrus and melon. Typically, it produces high acidity wines and is used in blends with Sauvignon Blanc or Viura grapes to add body. Those wines intended for aging develop beautifully thanks to the high acidity and deliver rich, nutty flavors.

White Rioja:

White Rioja is made from Viura grapes (also known as Macabeo in other Spanish regions). Viura is a versatile grape, and in the Rioja region, is traditionally used for long oak aging, producing wines of fantastic golden complexity. Those wineries with a more modern approach apply oak subtly, focusing on enhancing the orchard fruit character and engaging the texture in the palate.

Valdeorras and Bierzo:

The Valdeorras and Bierzo wine regions are known to produce rich and expressive wines from Godello grapes. These typically deliver deep, high-quality wines with plenty of flavor and enhanced aromatic expression, making them ideal for aging. Expect notes of green apples, stone fruit, and peaches supported by a fantastic texture.

Rias Baixas:

Thanks to the influence of the nearby Atlantic, the cool climate of Rias Baixas is home to the Albariño grape, framed by rolling green landscapes. Considered to be a strain of Riesling, this grape makes some of Spain's best white wines. If you enjoy the dryness and freshness of Sauvignon Blanc, you should give Albariño a try! Aromatic, crispy, and silky, it delivers complex notes of exotic fruits, flowers, freshly cut grass, and even wet stone minerality.


Apart from great value sparkling wine such as Cava, this region also produces distinctive whites, which are just starting to find their way into the world of wine. In Penedés, the Viura grape is called Macabeo and is used to bring weight to Cava blends. Along with Xarello and Parellada, this is one of the region's most important varieties. Garnacha Blanca, on the other hand, produces golden-hued, full-bodied wines with generous alcohol content and a lemon-like, mineral palate.

You can find our terrific Cava selection here. (link)


Did you know that Sherry is not only produced as a sweet dessert wine? Sherry is actually no longer considered a grandma's drink, and when produced in a fresh, dry, and mineral style, has turned into an obsession among many top sommeliers. Palomino Fino grapes provide the lightest and freshest Fino and Manzanilla styles.

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