Viura, Macabeo de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Viura / Macabeo

Northern Spain most planted white grape variety which is the most important in Rioja (where it is known as Viura), producing a wide range of different wines. It also makes up the triumvirate of white grapes in the production of sparkling Cava in Catalonia (where it is known as Macabeo).

This productive grape variety offers a great adaptation to most types of climates. It is found in many wine areas in Rioja, the middle section of Penedès, Manchuela and Yecla in Spain, and in Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France. Viura/Macabeo responds well to low yields and relatively early picking. The wines produced tends to have a delicate floral character, together with a fair medium acidity. In Rioja, these wines are usually bottled young blended with other varieties such as Malvasia and Palomino, but the Viura has the advantage, unlike other more traditional Rioja varieties, of withstanding oxidation, and producing age-worthy whites that offer unique complexity and personality. In the production of Cava, on the other hand, it is widely regarded for its contribution of perfume juicy sweet fruit character.

Why we like Viura/Macabeo?

We like Viura/Macabeo because of its capability of ageing to produce some of the most amazing and surprising aged white wines of the world, specially in the Rioja D.O. In Penedès and Cava, we like Macabeo because it contributes with attractive floral perfume and appealing fruitiness to most Cavas. Moreover, it is native grape from Spain, from the Penedès region.

Youd love Viura/Macabeo if you like…

… sparkling with a pleasant creamy texture that displays notes of perfumed blossom, acacia, white flowers, apples, stone fruits, biscuit, sometimes tropical with subtle hints of sweet spices.

Also if you like the aged still whites that display an array of pleasant and complex notes of almond, vanilla, cinnamon, nettle, dried chamomile, toast, caramel and sultanas.

Wines with this Grape Variety

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Cava Marta Brut Reserva de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Cava Marta Reserva Brut 2013

Region Penedès & Cava

Producer Cavas Duran & Marta

Variety Xarel.lo,
Viura / Macabeo,
Parellada

Type Cava

£11.29

inc VAT
Cava Duran Gran Reserva Brut de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Cava Duran Gran Reserva Brut 2012

Region Penedès & Cava

Producer Cavas Duran & Marta

Variety Xarel.lo,
Viura / Macabeo,
Parellada,
Chardonnay

Type Cava

£13.79

inc VAT
Terca Rioja de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Terca 2010 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer David Sampedro Gil

Variety Viura / Macabeo,
Garnacha Blanca

Type White

£23.99

inc VAT
El Novio Perfecto Valencia

El Novio Perfecto 2015 Valencia

Region Valencia

Producer Cia Vitivinícola del Mediterráneo

Variety Moscatel,
Viura / Macabeo

Type White

£10.29

inc VAT
Finca de los Arandinos Viero Rioja de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Finca de los Arandinos Viero Rioja 2014

Region Rioja

Producer Finca de los Arandinos

Variety Viura / Macabeo

Type White

£10.29

inc VAT
Marques de Caro Blanco Valencia de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in the UK

Marqués de Caro Blanco 2015 Valencia

Region Valencia

Producer Valsan 1831

Variety Viura / Macabeo,
Moscatel

Type White

£8.29

inc VAT