Rías Baixas reinvented

Dr Mar Vilanova, queen of Albariño research in Galicia

The first, and exciting second, wave of Albariño explained. See Ferran's comprehensive accompanying tasting article also published today.

The first wave: 1980s

It is well known that Rías Baixas offers the world one of the most exciting and vibrant still white wines: Albariño. Its position in Galicia in the north-west of the country, the oceanic influence, and its deeply traditional character give all of the region's wines a unique profile.

However, it has not always been this way in Galicia. At the beginning of the 1980s, among the 33,000 hectares (81,500 acres) of vines planted, 75% were the sherry grape...