Airen comes from Spain or North Africa, and is mainly grown in the Spanish region of la Mancha.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in the other countries of the European Union, for this variety.
Wine grape variety.
Bud burst: 7 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: mid-season, 3 weeks after Chasselas.
Airen is a productive, vigorous and rather rustic variety, with a drooping bearing. When planted in low density, Airen puts up well with hot and dry summers, even in poor soils.
Susceptibility to diseases and pests
Airen is sensitive to grey rot.
Airen's bunches are large in size, winged, up to 1kg, and rather loose. The berries are large, with a simple flavor, a moderately thick or thick skin and a juicy pulp. In its region of origin, Airen wines are not very acidic, slightly aromatic, rather alcoholic ans sensitive to oxidation. They are not very suitable for ageing and should be consumed quickly. Airen can also be blended to produce red wines or be distilled to give brandy.
The only certified Airen clone carries the number 20-14.