Albariño and Godello: Features of the main Galician white varieties

Galicia, located in the north-west corner of Spain, has been historically associated with a kind of zenith. There are few examples that support this statement: from the city of Santiago de Compostela, the end point of Camino, and the final destination for thousands of pilgrims from around the world, the famous Gulf of Finisterre, literally the end of the earth, named for being the westernmost tip of the known world, before the discovery of America.

Galicia also marks a turning point in winemaking. And is that in this land out some of the best white wines in the world. Galicia is home to fresh and vibrant wines, often made from two white varieties with great personality and potential on the international scene: the Albariño and Godello varieties. In this post we want to go over their main features. Let’s begin!

albarinoAlbariño  vines in la DO Rías Baixas. Image by SOPHOCO (CC BY-ND 2.0)

It is worth noting that in the case of Albariño and Godello, we often speak more in terms of differences than similarities.

These differences begin with a wide range of geographical differences. Whilst Albariño is mostly found on the Galician coast, cradled in DO Rias Baixas, the main Godello vines are found inland, mostly in DO Valdeorras, although also in DO Monterrei and DO Ribeira Sacra.

Regarding wine profile, again there are few differences:

Albariño wines show spectacular freshness and acidity levels. The nose is intense, displaying deep citrus and floral tones.

On the contrary, wines made from Godello stand out mainly for their oiliness, perhaps being less acidic and intense. However, while boasting more complex aromatic notes, they have a great minerality.

Do you still not know about wines made from Albariño and Godello? Do not worry. Here are some recommendations:

Bolo 2014. A magnificent varietal Godello from Valdeorras, prepared under the baton of the great Rafael Palacios. Great value for money. It will not leave you indifferent.

Paco & Lola Albariño 2014. A fun and irreverent Albariño that, despite its young age (the winery was founded in 2006), has managed to gain a foothold reference both among critics and consumers. Very fresh, fruity and easy to drink.

Valdesil sobre lías Blanco 2013. An elegant expression of the Godello variety raised on lees. A white wine with power and personality, made from a selection of vineyards planted on slate slopes located in Vilamartín of Valdeorras (Ourense).

Albariño de Fefiñanes 2014. A fantastic 100% Albariño packed with intense aromas of ripe stoned fruit and white flowers, in perfect conjunction with elegant spices and a vegetable background. All the typical characteristics of the Albariño in your glass.

Dare to try them? You’ll love them!

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