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A white variety of Spanish origin, which is known as "Macabeo" in other wine producing zones. Widely planted in Cataluña, La Mancha and Rioja, and also present in the majority of the Spanish producing zones.
It is also to be found in the French vineyards of Languedoc Roussillon where it is known as "Maccabeu".
In Navarre this is a traditional variety that has been grown since antiquity, although its popularity decreased considerably with the introduction of new varieties in the eighties. This variety currently accounts for around 2% of the total D.O. vineyards and is principally located in the Ribera Alta and the Ribera Baja.
The Viura produces simple wines that are generally used for quick consumption. However, some interesting wines can also be obtained by controlling the vine production and with a meticulous wine-making process. This variety is increasingly being combined with the Chardonnay grape. It is not generally used to make barrel-fermented or aged wines.