Airén is a variety of Vitis vinifera, a white grape commonly used in winemaking. This grape is native to Spain where it represents about 30% of all grapes grown. As of 2004, Airén was estimated to be the world's most grown grape variety in terms of planted surface, at 306,000 hectares (760,000 acres), although it is almost exclusively found in Spain. Since Airén tends to be planted at a low density, several other varieties (including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) are more planted in terms of number of vines. Plantations of Airén are declining as it is being replaced in Spanish vineyards with various red varieties, such as Tempranillo.
Grape Colour: White
Also called: Aiden, Blancon, Forcallada, Forcallat, Forcallat Blanca, Forcallat Blanco, Forcayat, Forcellat Bianca, Forcellat Blanca, Laeren del Rey, Lairen, Layren, Manchega, Mantuo Laeren, Valdepenas, Valdepenera Blanca and Valdepenero
Major regions: La Mancha
Notable wines: Vinos de Madrid