Viura Widely grown throughout Spain, Viura is one of the main varieties used in Cava. In still wines, it produces in most instances a dry, crisp wine that is best consumed young, with flavours of wild flowers and citrus. It is the principal white grape used in Rioja, where the appetite for refreshing whites have led to a so-called 'new style' of the wine, harnessing its tropical fruit flavours and crisp acidity. Traditional white Riojas made with Viura, however, are very different. Usually oaked and often oxidised before fermentation, the wine is a deep golden colour with notes of almonds, toast, and butter. Many of these wines age well for decades. Signature Style Fresh and fruity, with lively acidity and citrus flavours. With age, almonds, spice and butter Famous Examples Marques de Murrieta Capellania Blanco Reserva, Barón de Barón White Rioja, Oriol Rossell Brut Principal regions Rioja, Cava DO, Languedoc Synonyms Macabeo, Macabeu, Subirat Did you know? Often blended with Grenache Blanc to make many of the whites of the Languedoc in Southern France. Also used sometimes in the base spirit to create Absinthe!