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 Macabeo (Viura) Wine

Macabeo (or Viura in Rioja) is a white wine grape used on either side of the Pyrenees, in the north and east of Spain and the southernmost reaches of France. A relatively versatile grape, it is used in still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines. There are few universal truths about how Macabeo tastes; the wines can be fresh, floral and aromatic when harvested sufficiently early and aged in stainless steel, but weighty, honeyed and nutty when aged in oak and harvested slightly later.

Spain is unquestionably Macabeo's homeland, most obviously the northern regions. It is used in almost every wine district of Catalonia, particularly in sparkling Cava wines, and is the principal ingredient in white wines from Rioja, where the locals call it Viura. Southwards along the Mediterranean coast, Macabeo can be found in various areas, most notably Valencia, Yecla and Jumilla. In France (as Maccabeu) the variety is well respected but significantly less common, and limited almost exclusively to the southern parts of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Macabeo (Viura)
Macabeo (Viura) grapes

France has just a couple of thousand hectares of Macabeo (just one-fifteenth that planted in Spain), almost all of which is in Roussillon. The variety is used there in both sweet wines (white Banyuls and Maury) and rich dry wines (Corbieres and Minervois). It is not an overly aromatic grape and its relative neutrality makes it a good candidate for blending. When picked early, varietal Macabeo can show grapefruit flavors with pronounced acidity, but when picked later, the wines generally taste more of oak than anything else.

Macabeo must is quite resistant to oxidation, in no small part due to its high levels of antioxidant resveratrol monomers (trans-piceid, cis-piceid, trans-resveratrol, and cis-resveratrol). This made it a traditionally popular option with winemakers in Rioja, where barrel aging is relatively common and inevitably involves a certain amount of oxygen exposure. Rioja's red wines have traditionally permitted a certain amount of white wine to be used in red winemaking, and Macabeo (Viura) was an obvious choice here.

Macabeo grapes can be used on their own but are most commonly combined with other local varieties; in Rioja with Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca and in Catalonia alongside Parellada and Xarel-lo.

Synonyms include: Viura, Maccabeo, Maccabeu.

Food matches include:
Europe: Grilled shrimps (gambas a la plancha) (still and sparkling)
Asia: Green mango salad; dace fish balls (still and sparkling)
Americas: California rolls (still and sparkling)
Australasia/Oceania: Whitebait fritters (still and sparkling)


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We found 428 matches for Macabeo (Viura). Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Brut Cava, Catalonia, Spain Cava $23 2138
Beronia Viura, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $11 2273
Torre Oria Brut Cava, Valencia, Spain Cava $10 3763
R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Crianza Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $27 5749
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana 'Monopole' Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Alta $11 5763
Marques de Murrieta Capellania Reserva Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $23 8055
Finca Allende Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Alavesa $23 11316
Marques de Caceres Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $10 13319
R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $97 14106
Bodegas Faustino V Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $10 15552
Bodegas Palacios Herencia Remondo 'Placet Valtomelloso', Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $23 16108
El Coto Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $8 16852
Baron de Ley Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $6 19012
Bodegas Valdelana Baron Ladron de Guevara Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $15 20654
Bodegas Ontanon Vetiver Crianza Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $11 22694
Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $13 28575
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Cune Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Alta $8 31643
Bodegas Borsao White, Campo de Borja, Spain Campo de Borja $6 32673
Osborne Bodegas Montecillo Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $8 33086
Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Vino de la Tierra Blanco, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla VT $6 34466
Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $10 39696
Vina Ijalba Genoli Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $8 40645
Faustino Rivero Ulecia Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $10 41698
J. Garcia Carrion Opera Prima Charmat Brut Vinos Sin DO, Spain Spain $8 42763
Principe de Viana Campo Nuevo Viura, Navarra, Spain Navarra $8 44319
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