Spanish Wine Grapes 101 Macabeo, Parellada, and XareHo


These are the three main grapes that are in Cava, Spain’s famous sparkling wine. The name Cava comes from the cave or wine cellar where it is made. Cava can be made in 8 different places around the country, but 95% of it comes from within the Penedes region near Barcelona.
Macabeo brings nice floral notes to Cava, Parellada adds citrus flavors and flowery notes, while Xarel-lo’s contributions are fruit flavors and bright acidity. Whether
it is light and refreshing or toasty and complex, Cava is appropriate for any occasion. Bubbles are always a great way to get the party started, and Cava’s delicate flavors work well with seared tuna or plank-grilled salmon.



Published on May 14, 2015