Airén is a white Vinifiera variety, and is by acreage the most widely grown grape in the world. Native to Spain, this grape represents nearly 30% of grapes grown. However, these plantings are typically at low density, and the resulting wines can be bland and overly acidic. As such its principle use is in the manufacture of brandy, and many plantings are being uprooted in favor of planting red wine varieties. The varietal is most abundant in the DOs of Valdepenas and La Mancha.
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Nut, Rose
Region(s): La Mancha
– Description from DP2013

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  • Mark's statistic post got me thinking about wine trivia. 1) What is the world's most planted white grape variety?2) What is commonly regarded (by wine geeks, of course) as the world's oldest denominated wine region?3) Today there are 55,000 acres of Merlot vineyards in California. How many acres were there 50 years ago? 4) At what ambient temper... Read More

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  • Bodegas Ecológica Bruno Ruiz Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2005


    70% Airen 30% Chardonnay Nose shows citrus, mushroom and light mineral. Dry with a medium acidity. The palate is filled with walnut, citrus, and peach. A bit thin, but very tasty. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Coop. San Isidro Labrador Airen Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Clearly Organic 2005


    Clear in color. The nose shows sweet aromas with green peach and mango flavors. In the mouth it is fully dry with strong acidity. Flavors of light sweet peach and soft fruit flavors. Nice pleasant summer sip. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Vinos Jeromín Vinos de Madrid Vega Madroño 2004


    Can't say I've had much Malvar or Airen but this wine makes me wish I had. 60% Malvar, 40% Airen, this is truely a "find. Pale yellow with briliant clarity. The nose is of peach flesh and includes a slight floral touch. Med weight in the mouth iwth a medium acid component. It is crisp and vibrant on the palate. Soft fruit shows in the mouth, wit... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Navanjo Sl la Mancha Viña Cuerva Blanco 2004


    Clear as water with a light herbal nose and some flower aromas. Crisp and light in the mouth. Good acid with light fruit and floral flavors. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

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