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Macabeu grapes

by | Nov 23, 2016

Macabeo the Cinderella grape, likewise called Viura or Macabeu is a white assortment of wine grape.


This is most well-known light-cleaned grape of northern Spain. For prime production, the Macabeo takes well to hot and dry locales. Spanish estates remained at almost 32,000 hectares (79,000 sections of land) in 2004 and French ranches at 2,800 hectares (6,900 sections of land) in 2007.

Macabeo is customarily mixed with Xarel·lo and Parellada to make Cava, the best known shimmering wine of Spain. It is likewise utilized as a part of the base soul used to make Obsello Absinthe.

The wines created have a tendency to have a delicate flower character. Wines from the Macabeo are dry, medium in corrosiveness, and have notes of wildflowers and intense almonds.

Wine grape varieties

Macabeo is best devoured youthful. Other than Cava the best case of Macabeo originate from Rioja, where it is known as Viura, and now makes up 90% of white wine creation around there.

It can be found in extensive amounts in southern France, especially in the Languedoc range where it is generally mixed with Grenache Blanc.

Macabeo white is not by any stretch of the imagination costly once in a while over $20 with the exception of the finest age commendable White Macabeo.

History of Macabeo grapes

Macabeo is Spain’s most generally planted grape. From that point, it has advanced toward southern France’s Roussillon district, which is found right over the Pyrenees Mountains.

In spite of the fact that from 1854 recommends that it began in the Middle East, its history is somewhat dinky.

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The assortment must make up no less than 51% of white Rioja, where it is prized for its capacity to oppose oxidation and to give the sharpness that Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca need.

Be that as it may, it is by and large gradually pushed out by global assortments, for example, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and also Verdejo.

Macabeo was initially grasped here when Rioja’s vineyards were replanted after phylloxera since it is extremely productive and opposes infection well, however these exceptionally attributes have started to turn quality-minded makers against it.

It is progressively seen as an ordinary workhorse grape. Be that as it may, customary makers, for example, Lopez de Heredia keeps on making world-class wines from this assortment.

Viticulture and Wine making for Macabeo Grapes

Due to the unusual amounts of antioxidant Resveratrol monomers, Macabeo is entirely impermeable to oxidation. This made it a customarily mainstream choice with winemakers in Rioja, where barrel maturing is generally normal and definitely includes a specific measure of oxygen introduction.

The red wines of Rioja allow utilizing a specific amount of white wine in the process of red winemaking, and Macabeo (Viura) was an undeniable decision here. Macabeo grapes can be utilized all alone however are most ordinarily joined with other neighborhood assortments in Rioja with Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca and in Catalonia close by Parellada and Xarel-lo.

Characteristics of Macabeo

A generally flexible grape, it is utilized as a part of as yet, shimmering, dry and sweet wines with pretty nonpartisan flower character and medium-low sharpness.

There is couple of general facts about how Macabeo tastes, the wines can be brittle, botanical and sweet-smelling when collected adequately early and matured in stainless steel, however profound, sugary and nutty when matured in oak and gathered somewhat later.

The grape is for the most part used to make somewhat acidic, youthful white wines having a tendency to be drunk early or for mixing with different assortments, both red and white.

Conventional white Rioja is still ruled by Viura. Taking care of business, the wines are seemingly perpetual and complex. White Rioja is generally matured in American oak, which loans kinds of vanilla and dill. A few makers now utilize French oak. Old white Rioja has a tendency to have some oxidative character.

Food pairing with Macabeo

Macabeo will match pleasantly with fruit salsa, to be more exact mango salsa. Also with risotto, appetizing soups, vegetable dishes.

It tastes impeccable when combined well with less acidic, more flavorful dishes with herbs. This wine would be a decent match for linguine with white shellfish sauce, tofu or roasted vegetables pairing the wine with pasta are a pleasant thought.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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