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White wine is always in the background, which does not give it the prominence it deserves. But white wine has a range of characteristics and a touch of complexity that other wines do not have. White wines can age for years and be spectacular. They can be versatile in taste and style to suit at any occasion and time of the year and, if you choose the right ones, they can be paired with even the most elaborate meals from beginning to end. So why not take a look at our white wine selection and discover all the secrets and sensations they contain.

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Xión 2019

Aromatic, fresh and sweet

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Xión 2019
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Ultreia La Claudina 2018

An exceptional Godello aged under a yeast cap

Spain   D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)

Ultreia La Claudina 2018
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Turonia 2019

Density, salinity and acidity

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Turonia 2019
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Teira X 2019

A complex, mineral and fresh wine

Spain   D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia)

Teira X 2019
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Sameirás 1040 2018

An example of authenticity

Spain   D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia)

Sameirás 1040 2018
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Pascal Cotat La Grande Cote 2019

A Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre that defies time

France   AOC Sancerre (Loire)

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Pagos de Galir Godello 2019

A Godello with its own identity made from micro-plots

Spain   D.O. Valdeorras (Galicia)

Pagos de Galir Godello 2019
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Ossian Verdling Trocken 2016

Spain   VT Castilla-León (Castilla y León)

Ossian Verdling Trocken 2016
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O Morto A Vía Treixadura 2018

Rich mineral character

Spain   D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia)

O Morto A Vía Treixadura 2018
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Ocho Patas 2019

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Ocho Patas 2019
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Nora 2019

Fresh expression of the Albariño variety

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Nora 2019
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Moreau-Naudet Chablis 2018

A Montmains Premier Cru with substance and balance

France   AOC Chablis (Burgundy)

Moreau-Naudet Chablis 2018
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Menganito 2019

Fun, daring and fascinating

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Menganito 2019
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Martín Códax Organistrum 2018

The typicity of the Albariño variety combined with a touch of wood

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Martín Códax Organistrum 2018
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La Volaina 2018

Nature alive

Spain   D.O. Penedès (Catalonia)

La Volaina 2018
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K Pilota 2019

Irresistible freshness

Spain   D.O. Getariako-Txakolina (Basque Country)

K Pilota 2019
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Julien Courtois Autochtone 2015

An inimitable Romorantin variety white

France   Vin de France (Loire)

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Joseph Drouhin Petit Chablis 2018

An agreeable Chardonnay from Petit Chablis

France   AOC Petit Chablis (Burgundy)

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Jean-Paul Droin Chablis 2019

A citrus, fresh and balanced Chardonnay

France   AOC Chablis (Burgundy)

Jean-Paul Droin Chablis 2019
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Javier Sanz Verdejo 2019

Perfect to drink at any time

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Javier Sanz Verdejo 2019
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Jardins Blanc 2019

A delicious and accessible way to enjoy the Mediterranean

Spain   D.O. Empordà (Catalonia)

Jardins Blanc 2019
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Honoro Vera Blanco Rueda 2019

A Verdejo with Australian influences

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Honoro Vera Blanco Rueda 2019
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Herbel La Rue Aux Loups 2015

A natural Chenin Blanc from the Loire

France   Vin de France (Loire)

Herbel La Rue Aux Loups 2015
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Gramona Font Jui 2017

Spain   D.O. Penedès (Catalonia)

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Gorka Izagirre Txakoli 2019

A Txakoli with a modern style and fresh tradition

Spain   D.O. Bizkaiko Txakolina (Basque Country)

Gorka Izagirre Txakoli 2019
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Godelia Selección 2015

Spain   D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)

Godelia Selección 2015
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Ganevat Kopin!

Jura, Burgundy and Alsace grapes made into an extraordinary wine

France   Vin de France (Jura)

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Font de la Figuera Blanc 2019

Spain   D.O.Q. Priorat (Catalonia)

Font de la Figuera Blanc 2019
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Finca Montico 2019

A fresh and aromatic Verdejo with a varietal character

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Finca Montico 2019
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White wine production

White wine is made in such a way that means either white or red grapes can be used. This is why there are blanc de blancs and blanc de noirs, with most in the first group. Both are produced in a similar way. The main difference is that those made with red grapes must not be macerated with the grape skins, because that would produce a rosé or red wine instead of a white. The blanc de blancs can go through a light maceration to give the wine more body and varietal aromas.

Firstly, to make the must, the grapes can be destemmed and then pressed or simply pressed whole with the stalks. The latter method provides higher quality white wine. Then, for a clean fermentation, free from unwanted aromas, the must is racked, keeping it at a low temperature in isothermal tanks to get rid of all impurities, residue and sediment. Once the must is clean, it is ready to ferment. Fermentation can be carried out in various types of containers: stainless steel tanks, foudres, barrels and amphoras, with stainless steel being the most widely used.

Another important factor that differentiates white wine production from that of reds is temperature control. In general, white wines are expected to be fresh and fruity, whereas these characteristics are not usually as important in reds, if they are not young and intended for rapid consumption. This is why white wine usually ferments at a relatively low temperature, at around 15-17ºC. This low temperature during fermentation is what creates and preserves the grape’s fruity aromas.

Once the wine is fermented, it can be aged on its lees to give it more complexity and creaminess. Finally, before bottling, it is stabilised and filtered to different extents depending on the producer.

White wine history

People say there is proof that white wine was already being made more than 7,500 years ago in modern day Iran. It is also thought to have been made in Mesopotamia and different parts of the Middle East. Later the Greeks and the Romans also cultivated vines. They were responsible for spreading production throughout the Mediterranean. It was mostly red wine being produced, but there is evidence that white wine was also made. Then, following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church was in charge of maintaining the vineyards as well as preserving and expanding the knowledge of viticulture. It was not until the modern era and the industrial revolution that white wine became available to everyone. Advances in technology and understanding of microbiology made it possible to produce more and make white wine available to most people.

White wine classification

Generally speaking, white wine can be classified by different criteria. By type of grape used, by sugar content or by production and aging methods:

By grape type:

This classification is in place because grape varieties can also be classified by the quantity and intensity of their aromatic components. Just like we distinguish between neutral and aromatic grapes, white wines can also be classified this way.

Neutral wines: made with neutral grapes. However, if they are young wines they can give off fresh and fruity aromas generated during fermentation. Some examples of neutral grapes are: Chardonnay, Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca, Airén.

Aromatic wines: made by the vinification of aromatic grapes. The most aromatic grapes are those in the Muscat group. Other aromatic grapes are the Albariño, Malvasía, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Godello and Sauvignon Blanc.

By sugar content:

-Dry:

-Off-dry: 5 to 15 gr / l.

-Semi-dry: 15 to 30 gr / l.

-Semi-sweet: 30 to 50 gr / l.

-Sweet: >50 gr / l.

By production or aging method:

-Young wines: white wines that have not been aged. These are usually fresh and fruity with a good aromatic intensity. They are meant to be enjoyed straight away, but some do develop very well in the bottle over time.

-Barrel-fermented or barrel-aged wines: after fermentation the wine ages in a barrel. During this time, the wine gains complexity, body and tertiary aromas, like toasted, caramelised and mellow aromas.

-Wines aged on lees: This can be done in all kinds of containers. Aging on lees involves leaving the wine in contact with some of the yeasts from the fermentation process to give the liquid body, structure and creaminess.

Fortified wines: these are wines that have been through oxidative or biological aging and topped up with wine alcohol. Sherry wines are the most well-known in this group.

Leading white wine producers

There are many Spanish producers we could talk about. In fact, 49% of Spanish vineyards are planted with white varieties. There are many producers using these grapes to make really interesting wines. Here are a few examples:

Martín Códax and their Albariños, and the wines from Pazo de Señorans in Rías Baixas, Galicia. José Pariente with his Verdejos and Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda, and Menade. Garnacha Blanca wines from LaFou in Terra Alta, and Bàrbara Forés. There is the white Muga from La Rioja and the floral Gessamí from Gramona as well as the Xarel·lo from Can Sumoi in Penedès.

From France it is worth mentioning Louis Latour, Joseph Drouhin and Louis Jadot and their creamy Burgundy Chardonnay. There is also the Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc by Francois Croche and Domaine Landron. The Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines from Alsace by Bott Geyl and Trimbach.

Finally, from Germany we should mention the Moselle Riesling by Dr. Loosen, Markus Molitor and A. J. Adam, and the fresh and floral wines by Pfalz Villa Wolf and Koehler Ruprecht.

White wine tasting and pairing

It is clear to see that white wines can be very diverse with many variables. This makes them very versatile, and means that depending on their style and characteristics, they can be perfectly paired with many different dishes or even enjoyed as an aperitif.

Generally, the most floral and fruity wines are perfect as aperitifs, or for enjoying with fish, seafood, rice and pasta, as well as more exotic oriental and spicy foods.

Finally, those that are creamier and with more body pair perfectly with oily fish and lightly cured cheeses, and the most structured whites can even handle chicken, turkey and other white meats.

So, we can see that white wines are complex and varied and can be paired with many different types of dishes and enjoyed on almost any occasion. Which would you choose?