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 Airen Wine

Airen
Airen Grapes

Airen is a drought-resistant white wine grape planted throughout central Spain, occupying about twice as much land there as any other variety. In fact, there are more acres of Airen vines in the world than almost any other wine grape variety.

Airen is planted most notably in Spain's inland La Mancha and Valdepenas wine regions, where its tolerance of hot, dry conditions and poor soils made it the obvious choice of grape variety. The vine's high yields and low maintenance requirements took precedence over the quality of the wine it made, so Airen has traditionally been used to produce base wines for Spain's brandy industry, and to produce oxidative, high-alcohol white wines for local consumption. It was also blended with Cencibel (the local clone of Tempranillo) to produce lighter-bodied red wines. Recently however, with careful handling and improved vinification, Airen has been used to create simple, refreshing, dry white wines of reasonable quality.

Modern preferences for lighter, fruitier wines have led to a decline in Airen's popularity over the past few decades, although there is still a need for low-maintenance varieties as the characteristics of the region make mechanization difficult.

In the Canary Islands, Airen goes by the name Burra Blanca (meaning "white donkey"), and is used mainly as a blending ingredient to produce dry white wines, alongside Malvasia, Breval and Listan Blanco (aka Palomino).

Synonyms include: Valdepenas, Manchega, Forcallet, Forcayet, Lairen, Burra Blanca, Burrablanca.

Food matches include:
Europe: Sardines escabeche; chilled almond and garlic soup (ajoblanco)
Asia: Blanched kai-lan with oyster sauce
Australasia/Oceania: Garlic prawns


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We found 61 matches for Airen. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Freixenet Oroya Created For Sushi White, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla La Mancha $8 19529
Bodegas Lopez Mercier Expresion Blanco, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha N/A 21835
Felix Solis Penasol Vino Varietal Blanco, Spain Spain $3 24307
Adventure Airen, Spain Spain $5 25582
J. Garcia Carrion Don Simon Seleccion Blanco Vino Sin DO, Spain Spain $5 38779
Felix Solis Soldepenas Blanco Airen, Spain Spain $5 45136
Bodegas Ercavio Mas Que Vinos Blanco Vino de la Tierra, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla VT $10 51899
Bodegas Aruspide Ardales Airen, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla La Mancha $13 57586
Hijos de Antonio Barcelo 'Vino Sanson' Bacarles Dulce, Spain Spain $8 57586
Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez El Vinculo Alejairen, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla La Mancha $20 76247
Vinicola de Castilla Finca Vieja Blanco Vino de la Tierra, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla VT $6 79137
Bodegas Cristo de la Vega 'Marques de Castilla' Airen, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $5 80734
Bodegas Campos Reales Canforrales Lucia, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $5 84005
Les Grands Chais de France Fuego Airen, Spain Spain $8 96156
Vinos Ambiz 'Normal' Airen, Madrid, Spain Madrid $23 98697
Felix Solis Vina Albali Airen Semi Dulce, Valdepenas, Spain Valdepenas $8 101346
Bodegas Cristo de la Vega 'El Yugo' Airen, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $3 118392
Bodegas Parra Jimenez La Meseta Airen, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $5 122923
El Torito Blanco, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $5 122923
Bodegas Lahoz Vinhoz Airen Vino de la Tierra, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla VT $5 128076
Bodegas Latue 'Toscar' Airen Vino de la Tierra, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla VT $11 128076
Felix Solis Sendas del Rey Vino de la Tierra Blanco, Castilla y Leon, Spain Castilla y Leon VT $5 133940
J. Garcia Carrion Senorio de los Llanos Blanco, Valdepenas, Spain Valdepenas $5 133940
Bodegas Cristo de la Vega 'Siglo XX' Airen Vendimia Seleccionada, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $6 140467
Bodegas Parra Jimenez Camino Blanco, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $5 158458
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