Albariño  or Alvarinho  is a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain), Monção and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is the Galician name for the grape; in Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco.It was presumably brought to Iberia by Cluny monks in the twelfth century[citation needed]. In Galician, its name “Albariño” comes from albar, and this from albo, both meaning “white, whitish” (and in Portuguese “Alvarinho” “Alvarano” from alvar and alvo), and those from Latin albus, “white”.