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Spain’s Other White Grape

Written by Christine Marsiglio MW


Pictured: Wine Folly’s Wine Map of Spain.

Spain, Outside the Box

Let’s take a look beyond Spain’s most popular grape, Tempranillo, to several unsung varieties that are well worthy of your drinking budget. While known for red wines, Spain has some of the world’s best sparkling, white, and rosé wines too!

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Wine Quiz

Which region is renowned for producing top-tier Godello wines?

  1. Burgundy
  2. Rioja
  3. Valdeorras
  4. Jerez

Scroll down to find out!

Pictured: Godello Tasting Note by Madeline from June’s Wine Folly Club

Zero to Hero

Get this: Godello was almost extinct a few decades ago but now this Spanish native is stealing the spotlight with its complex, full-bodied white wines that have been compared to White Burgundy.

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Spanish Chablis?

Godello, a little-known white Spanish grape, grows almost exclusively in Northwest Spain. Many have likened it to White Burgundy. Check out the video to learn more!

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Pictured: Map of Burgundy and Pinot Noir Villages from French Wine 201

The Rain in Spain

The rain in Spain falls mainly… in Galicia. The North-West is cooler and wetter than the rest of the country, ensuring grapes, like Godello, have laser sharp acidity and fresh fruit flavors.

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Wine Quiz Answer

Answer – #3: Valdeorras

Valdeorras, located in Galicia in northwestern Spain, is best known for its exceptional Godello wines, a white grape variety that has become increasingly popular for its rich, full-bodied wines with subtle minerality.

Written byChristine Marsiglio MW

Christine Marsiglio is Head Wine Educator and Resident Master of Wine for Folly Enterprises and Wine Folly. Christine is a certified Wine & Spirits Education Trust wine educator, a winner of the Bollinger Medal, and holds an MSc in Oenology and Viticulture from École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France.

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