Also known as Abilla, Albillo de Toro and Blanca del Pais, the Albillo is a well-kept Spanish secret. Grown almost exclusively on the Iberian Peninsula, even at a young age Albillo has a distinct golden-yellow hue. This grape is heavy with glycerin and usually exhibits touches of residual sugar and expressive notes of tropical fruits. Often Albillo is blended with Muscat à Petits Grains in versions of the Spanish wine Moscatel or used as a blending grape with Grenache to lighten red wines.
Albillo is found most frequently in the Spanish DOs of Toro and Rueda in the region of Castilla y Leon northwest of Madrid. It grows elsewhere in both Spain and Portugal but remains a rare and indigenous grape.