Albarino generally thrives in climates with warm, sunny days, and breezy, foggy nights. Good versions are extremely aromatic and medium bodied. Fans of Gewurztraminer and Viognier will like these wines.
The Albarino grape is not commonly planted in California, but there are a few impressive producers. Located in the Santa Ynez Valley AVA, Verdad makes an excellent California Albarino. Verdad specializes in growing traditional Spanish varietals in Santa Barbara County.
In the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, Albarino usually is made into very light wines with low alcohol (7% – 9%). This is because many of these grapes come from vines grown on pergolas that yield very large crops. In Spain, Albarino is one of the most popular white varietals and demand is very high. It is widely enjoyed as an everyday wine in the country.