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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 furthest southern 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.

Popular blends include: Cava Blend, Chardonnay–Viura, Verdejo–Viura.

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 417 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 1792
Beronia Viura, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $11 3160
R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Crianza Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $26 4634
R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $92 7898
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana' Monopole' Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Alta $11 8270
Torre Oria Brut Cava, Valencia, Spain Cava $10 11824
Marques de Murrieta Capellania Reserva Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $23 12023
Bodegas Palacios Herencia Remondo 'Placet Valtomelloso', Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $23 12245
El Coto Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $8 14174
Marques de Caceres Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $10 14714
Marques de Vitoria Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $8 15962
Bodegas Borsao White, Campo de Borja, Spain Campo de Borja $6 17307
Finca Allende Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Alavesa $25 17435
Baron de Ley Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $6 18379
Domaine de Rancy Rivesaltes Ambre, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Rivesaltes $68 20493
Bodegas Faustino V Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $10 22680
Domecq Bodegas Campo Viejo Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $10 28790
Bodegas Ontanon Vetiver Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $13 31220
J. Garcia Carrion Opera Prima Charmat Brut Vinos Sin DO, Spain Spain $10 32795
Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar 'Finca Alto Cantabria' Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $13 34461
Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Vino de la Tierra Blanco, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla VT $6 35627
Bodegas Baigorri Fermentado en Barrica Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $20 35747
Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $13 36323
Familia Martinez Bujanda Finca Antigua Blanco, La Mancha, Spain La Mancha $10 36323
Principe de Viana Campo Nuevo Viura, Navarra, Spain Navarra $8 37219
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