Macabeo: all you need to know about this grape and its wines
Macabeo, macabeu, viura, charas blanc, lardot... Various names for a grape that offers us delicious white and sparkling wines in Rioja and Penedés, mainly. What are these wines like? What does Macabeo add to the traditional composition of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada in cava?
Why is Macabeo such a popular grape?
- It adapts very well to different types of climate, especially cool climates.
- It is a very productive variety.
- It helps to balance wines in which it is combined with other varieties without hiding the character of the other grapes.
- It can be used to make all kinds of white wines, both young and barrel-aged, as well as delicious sparkling wines and sweet or liqueur wines.
Viura wines in Rioja
Macabeo is Viura in Rioja. Here we find Viura wines both in single-varietal version and in the company of two other historic grapes of the region: Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca. In Rioja it is traditional to age Viura wines in barrels, as if they were a red wine, seeking a more unctuous feel, rounder aromas and a subtle spicy perfume. The work with the lees is also common and further enhances the excellent palate of white Macabeo wines destined for ageing.