This month with the brand new #WorldWineTravel group will be exploring the wines of Spain this year, beginning with the Rioja region in North Central Spain. Viura and White Rioja
Viura is a white grape and is the second most widely grown wine grape in Spain. It is known elsewhere in Spain by the names Macabeo or Macabeu. It is grown in Catalonia and blended with Xarello and Parellada in the making of Cava.
Here in Rioja is accounts for almost 70% of the white wine produced, although that is just 10% of the region’s overall production.
Fruit forward with floral notes, it has great acid. As such it’s great for young wines but also can age. It is sometimes blended with Malvasia.