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Albariño - The Romans are to blame

Marcus-UK

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Camino Ingles 2016 Camino Portuguese 2017 Considering Invierno late (2020) In lieu of VdlP (2020)
There was an article in the Guardian concerning the origin of the Albariño grape variety. It would appear that it is native ("peculiar" using older English) to Gallicia and probably drives from a cultivation of a wild woodland vine variety.
The proof is down to comparing the remains found in Roman sites to the modern grape and finding they are similar. There are no similar varieties found any where else in Europe. The vine has been exported elsewhere in the world.
The scientists would like to find proof by finding the native wild woodland vine, but are unlikely to do this since most native woodlands have been replaced by Eucalypti species.

 
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Anhalter

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At least in Germany you can get Albarino at decent prices from LIDLs online store. Might be possible aswell in other countries, not sure though.

But i have to admit: Having a bottle at Mar de Fora, watching the sunset, is a completely different experience to having one back home.
 

Levi

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Camino Frances 2015
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Portuguese March 2017
Sanabres September 2017
Madrid September 2018
For peregrinos in New Zealand: in one of the UK Sunday papers I read that the Esk Valley Estate in Hawkes Bay is producing an albariño - "a grape more associated with the rainswept Galician region of northwest Spain". :)
 
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There was an article in the Guardian concerning the origin of the Albariño grape variety. It would appear that it is native ("peculiar" using older English) to Gallicia and probably drives from a cultivation of a wild woodland vine variety.
The proof is down to comparing the remains found in Roman sites to the modern grape and finding they are similar. There are no similar varieties found any where else in Europe. The vine has been exported elsewhere in the world.
The scientists would like to find proof by finding the native wild woodland vine, but are unlikely to do this since most native woodlands have been replaced by Eucalypti species.


I'll need to drink even more of it now I know it's even more especial!
 

JabbaPapa

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It's one of the few remaining examples of the original European vines, not devastated by the phylloxera.
 

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