The main variety of white grapes cultivated in La Rioja. More productive than red varieties, it gives rise to fruity wines, with a floral aroma and a remarkable degree of acidity. For this reason it is a very suitable grape for the production of young white wines and also a very interesting complement for aged red wines. The Viura grape is also known as Macabeo, Alcañón, Forcalla, Gredelin, Lardot, Macabeu, Queue de Renard and Rossan.
The presence of the Viura variety in the vineyards of Bodega Akutain is nearly accidental, as it results from small “mistakes” at the time of plantation in the 1970’s: at that time the techniques and tools for the control and the assurance of each plant’s grape variety didn’t were poor. It represents a minuscule percentage in the “coupage” of some of our wines and we appreciate it very much for what it contributes in terms of floral aromas and its brilliant behavior when it comes to barrel aging (due to its slow oxidation capacity).