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Macabeo

The white grape variety comes from Spain (according to the Middle East hypothesis). Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Gredelin, Lardot, Maccabéo, Maccabeu, Ugni Blanc(France); Charas Blanc(California); Macabeu, Viura, Vuera(Spain). Although it appears to have synonyms or morphological similarities, it should not be confused with the Alcañón, Trebbiano Toscano (Ugni Blanc) or the genetically similar Xarello varieties. DNA analyses carried out in 2013 revealed parenthood Hebén x Brustiano Faux (not identical to Brustiano Bianco). The variety was a cross between the new Calina (2) and Tulillah. Its origin is probably Penedès in Catalonia, where it was first mentioned in 1617 by the friar and agronomist Miquel Agustí (1560-1630) in his book on agriculture. The variety was introduced to the south of France in the Roussillon region at the beginning of the 19th century, where it was first mentioned in 1816 in Perpignan near the Spanish border. The late-maturing, high-yielding variety is resistant to drought and drought, but is particularly susceptible to botrytis and slightly less susceptible to downy mildew. It produces high-alcohol, rather low-acid white wines with a flowery character. They are well suited for barrique ageing.

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