Airen Wine, Airen Moscato, Airen Chinese, What is grape Airen

Airen wine speaks to Airen Muscato, Airen Chinese and what is this grape Airen.

This wine is made from a variety of Vitis vinifera, a white grape which is native and exclusive to Spain. Unfortunately the Airen grape is in decline as it is being replaced by other red grape varieties.

Airén is also known by other names:

  • Aidén (in Albacete)
  • Lairén (in Córdoba)
  • Manchega (in Albacete)
  • Valdepeñera or Valdepeñas (in Ciudad Real)
  • Forcayat (in Catalonia) The Airen grape produces red and white wines with a distinctive taste with the average alcohol content by volume being between 12% to 14%.
  • However some people consider it a better eating grape than a wine producing grape.

    Airén has had a bad press, more due to the processes used which never did it justice, rather than for the quality of the vine itself. In the past, there was a double problem of low productivity, due mainly to the low density of the plantations, along with the traditional method of fermenting in terra cotta fermentation vats. In addition, almost all the wine was sent to other regions to mix in with other musts or for distillation.

    In general, the wine are characterized by a pallid colour with yellow iridescences; in the nose, mature fruit can be noted (banana, pineapple or grapefruit), and in the mouth, despite a certain lack of acidity, they are quite tasty and pleasant, easy to drink, though not ‘elegant’. The best ones have a fresh bouquet of roses, with a fine harmonious taste that does not leave false tastes at the back of the mouth.


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