Grown in Navarra in Northern Spain, a region that once stretched from Barcelona to Bordeaux, where white wine only takes up about 10% of production. It’s never been a region that has produced top level wines but they definitely know how to do things like this.
Viura, Northern Spain's Most Grown Grape
Also known as Macabeo, this white grape variety is Northern Spain’s most widely grown varietal. Outside of Spain it is grown widely in Southern France where it often finds its way into the white incarnations of Minervois and Corbières. Wine makers like it because it is resilient. It can survive in regions that are prone to spring frosts and is much less likely to oxidise than the other white grapes grown in Spain.
Easy Drinking Tempranillo
Before the devastating phylloxera outbreak in the 1860s Navarra could be said to be the great rival of Rioja in terms of red wine production. Whilst vineyards in both regions were heavily effected by the outbreak of the phylloxera aphid Navarra sadly never recovered and was until failly recently devoid of any signifcant land under vine. Thankfully there has been a recent drive to improved the state of Navarras viticulture and pregmtic wine makers have been making high quality easy drinking, medium bodied wines for affordable prices.