The state of the white-wine union in Spain is relatively strong. The country’s best varietal and blended whites have both made their mark amid a sea of more renowned reds.
While there’s room for overall improvement and growth within the category, Spain still produces its share of fine white wines. There are dozens of very good to excellent bottlings made from Albariño, Godello, Verdejo and Viura as well as more obscure varieties like Treixadura, Tempranillo Blanco, Garnacha Blanca and even Palomino, the main grape for Sherry.
There are steely wines, leesy wines, oaky wines and even oxidative wines that all show proper balance through bold acidity matched against compelling flavors of fruit, oak or both. It’s these selections that are driving Spain’s white-wine scene forward.