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Macabeo or Viura is pale-skinned white wine grape variety with homeland Spain, but it has a considerable amount of plantings in the region of Roussillon in the south of France. A very versatile grape, used for white, sweet and sparkling wines. It is a fresh, floral and aromatic grape with nutty and honeyed taste. It is native to Rioja region in Spain where it is called Viura used with Malvasia for making white Rioja and very important blending grape for the production of the sparkling Cava in Catalonia with Parellada and Xarel-lo. It is to be found as well in Valencia and Jumilla and the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France under the name Maccabéo and it is used in the blends of renowned appellations for sweet wines Maury and Banyuls as well as in the dry Corbières and Minervois. It is not much to be found outside Spain and France except small plantings in South Africa.

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