When looking for an everyday wine that will not break the bank it’s important to find one that is soft and fresh. Cheaper wines that try and do too much always fail and the resilient Viura grape allows for vast production, which keeps the cost down, and fresh fruit flavour. The floral hints also bring a little something extra to the palate which I think is important.
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.
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.