Albariño or Alvarinho is a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain), Monção, and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines.
It was presumably brought to Iberia by Cluny monks in the twelfth century[citation needed]. Its name “Alba-Riño” means “the white from the Rhine” and it has locally been thought to be a Riesling clone originating from the Alsace region of France, although the earliest known records of Riesling as a grape variety date from the 15th, rather than the 12th, century. It is also theorized that the grape is a close relative of the French grape Petit Manseng.

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