Common synonyms: Maccabeo, Macabeu, Viura (as well as, but less commonly, Alcañol, Alcañón, Blanca de Daroca, Charas Blanc, Forcalla, Gredelín, Lardot, Listan Andaludschii, Listan Andaluzskii, Lloza, Macaban, Macabeo, Macabeu, Maccabeo, Maccabeou, Maccabeu, Makkobeo, Malvoisie, Provensal, Queue de Renard, Rossan, Subirat, Tokay, Ugni Blanc, Viuna, Xarello)

Parentage of the grape: None available.

History of the grape: Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region, which is located just over the Pyrenees mountains. Though a text from 1854 suggests that it originated in the Middle East, its history is rather murky.

The variety must make up at least 51% of white Rioja, where it is prized for its ability to resist oxidation and to provide the acidity that Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca lack. However, it is being slowly edged out by international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Read more »

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  • Everything I am about to share was gleaned during my recent trip to ProWein, ... ... to make Cava (along with Macabeo and Parellada), some producers are experimenting with the Xarello grape as a varietal wine. It contributes body, structure and freshness to Cava and so it stands strong on its own. The millennial palate is already primed for Ca... Read More

    From the article Top 5 Grapes to Watch

  • Marques de la Concordia Mm Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Cava 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Javier San Pedro Randez Viura 2016


    Trust the back label - it is indeed fresh and loaded. Amazing wine on it's own! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Rasgon 'Vino de la Tierra de Castilla ' Spain Macabeo 2016


    wonderful, sublime, pleasant, impeccable, consistent: a compliment to its Vintor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco Joven 2014


    Pale gold color. Green apple in the nose. Read More

    Wine review by rkeeler440

  • Castell de Sant Pau Brut 'Methode Traditionnelle' Cava Spain NV


    seems too bitter hinting on dry in that the Brut could just be to green for my tastes or champagne is just not my forte. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by Richard NL

  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2011


    Creamy vanilla and buttery brioche notes with soft and fleshy melon and peach aromas on the nose. Tart, zesty and flavorful on the palate, this brings nice citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit with hints of green apple and pear and a fresh acidity and stinging bubbles adding freshness.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Apples, gourds, and snifters of port are right around the corner. Let’s ... Catalan varieties such as Macabeo, Parellada and the Xarel·lo, yet during my visit to their impressive winery, I had a chance to try their sparkling Segura Viudas Cava Rosé, made with 90% Trepat and 10% Garnacha. What is Trepat? Well, that was my question too! It is a ... Read More

    From the article The Last Wines of Summer

  • What comes to mind when I say Cava? Perhaps your initial thoughts are ... to ... to craft Cava are Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada. Chardonnay is still used by some as a blending grape, and Pinot Noir, along with Garnacha, Trepat, are often used to craft Rosé Cava.Although Cava has set itself apart from Champagne, it has maintained its use of... Read More

    From the article It's Time to Rethink Cava

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