Mainly widespread in Galicia and Portugal, this varietal seems to have arrived in Iberia by way of German Monks, who discovered it while traveling on the Way of St. James. Its name, which bears a mention of the Rhine river (roughly translating to “the little one of the Rhineland”), suggests that it was thought to be a Riesling-related specimen. Fruity and redolent of apricot, and usually marked by a vibrant acidity, Albariño has now also gained popularity in Uruguay.