International Albariño Day 2018

2017 Albariño

2017 Albariño Private Selection


International Albariño Day is a social media event that has now blossomed into a full fledged celebration of all things Albariño. We invite you to join Abacela either here in the Umpqua Valley or virtually using the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta.

Albariño, indigenous to Northwestern Spain and Northern Portugal made into wines of the Rías Baixas and Vinho Verde respectively, has been grown on our estate vineyards since 2000. That is reason enough to celebrate!

Take a picture of your Albariño festivities-travels-antics and submit it to us via email or social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and be put in a drawing for a prize!


ALL DAYS (Wednesday, August 1st through Sunday, August 5th)



  • TGIF Wine & Pizza Friday starts early on August 4th from 12-7:00 pm (last orders at 6 pm) with Albariño inspired pizzas, hot from our Spanish "horno" oven.
  • Yellow Capsule Wagon Tour at 3:00 pm with focus on our Albariño blocks in the vineyard. Learn how and where we grow Albariño and why this property is perfectly matched for the varietal.


Did you know Abacela was the first to bottle Albariño wine in the Pacific Northwest in 2001? With 16 years production experience Abacela is one of America's oldest Albariño producing wineries. Currently there are more than 50 producers of Albariño in the USA. This stainless steel fermented style of Albariño emerged in 1987 and Abacela has been proudly producing Albariño since 2001.

Our estate’s Fault Line Vineyards has over 11 acres planted and 10 of those acres are strategically located on north sloped vineyard blocks, keeping the vines cool mimicking the growing conditions of its homeland. Our extensive experience with this varietal, both in the field and winery, produces arguably America’s finest Albariño.

Prior to 1987, no one outside of the Rías Baixas in Northwest Spain had ever heard of the grape or wine. The advent of temperature controlled, stainless steel fermentation liberated this varietal from obscurity by releasing the aromas of floral blossom, apple, lemon zest, lime and fleshy white peach and delicate “briny ocean air” that had been hidden by oak nuances from barrel fermentations. The taste follows the aromas with delicate and creamy pear, mango, star fruit flavors stretched over an enticing minerality and bright acidity that makes Albariño the perfect seafood wine, be that in Oregon or its native Spain.

Jancis Robinson, the famous English wine critic discovered Abacela’s 2003 Albariño, saying it was the best wine she tasted on a two week trip through California, Oregon and Washington. She loves the acidity of Albariño and refers to the finish as “razor sharp”.

The name Albariño, derived from the Latin words alba (white) and rino, thought to refer to the Rhine river and the possibility that it was related to the Riesling vines that German Benedictine monks originally brought to Spain; but that’s not the case.

Modern grape genetics shows that Albariño shares one genetic marker with only six other grapes and five are obscure Portuguese red grapes. With this unique relationship established it’s safe to conclude that it is not related to any known French, German or Italian grape, but that Albariño is truly different and that’s why we categorize it as the “Great White” wine.