Viura/Macabeo

Viura is widely grown in the Rioja region of northeastern Spain, the Cava producing areas south of Barcelona (where it is known as Macabeu), and the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. The grape is mostly used to make mildly acidic and young white wines primarily suitable for early consumption or blending with other varieties, both red and white. It is often the main grape of white Rioja and is sometimes blended in small amounts with Tempranillo and red Garnacha, both in un-oaked and oaked versions. It was introduced in Rioja after the phylloxera epidemic, where it largely replaced Malvasia and Garnacha blanca, partially because of the ability of its wines to better withstand oxidation. Some producers of white Rioja make superior wines (Reserva and Gran Reserva) subjected to extended ageing that can span decades, resulting in a highly distinctive and aromatic wine.
Macabeo is traditionally blended with Xarel·lo and Parellada to make a sparkling Cava, the best-known sparkling wine of Spain.

Augusto Ceballos Arce, a young grower from the village of Briñas, in the world-renown Rioja Alavesa region of northern Spain, is proud to share with you a white wine made from the local varietal, Viura.
Type of Wine: White Wine
Appellation of Origin: DOC Rioja
Winery: Labastida, Rioja Alavesa
Varietal: 100% Viura. Vines are between 40-80 years old.
Terrain: Labastida, in the Rioja Alavesa, can be found at the highest, most northern edge of Rioja, were climactic conditions are nearly ideal for wine production. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone, and is made up of mostly southwest facing terraces. Average rainfall is slightly over 15 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the
vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Stainless steel.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 41º and 55º F
Alcohol Content: 12%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Augusto Ceballos Arce, a young grower from the village of Briñas, in the world-renown Rioja Alavesa region of northern
Spain, is proud to share with you a white wine made from the local varietal, Viura..
Tasting notes
Color: Light Straw.
Nose: Viura is characteristic for it’s lack of nose!
Palate: This wine will delight you with a perfect balance of acidity and fruit. A long, satisfying finish makes this wine ideal for pairing with fish, poultry, or cheese dishes. You could also try it with any egg-based recipe (think tortilla) or a salad.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: April 2014