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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