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Wine Grapes varieties

Macabeo

White. Also called Viura. This is the basic cava variety. Mainly found in Badajoz, La Rioja, Tarragona and Zaragoza, this is considered a main variety in Calatayud, Conca de Barberá, Costers del Segre, Navarra, Penedés, Rioja, Somontano, Tarragona and Terra Alta DOs.

Malbec

Red. Of French origin, this grape was introduced many years ago into Ribera del Duero. Today there are small amounts in other areas.

Malvar

White. Abundant in Madrid (73%), Guadalajara, and Toledo. It is considered a main variety in Vinos de Madrid DO.

Malvasía

White. Originally from Greece, this grape produces very aromatic and distinctive wines. It is mainly found in Valencia, Zamora and the Canary Islands, and is classified as a main variety in Calatayud DO. There also is a variety known as Malvasía Riojana, widely used in Rioja white wines. In Catalonia, it is known as Subirat Parent.

Malvasía de Sitges

White. It differs from Malvasia in its later vintage, its higher level of acidity, its sensitivity to mildew and that it is located close to the sea.

Malvasía Riojana

White. See Malvasía.

Malvasía Rosada

Red. Variety grown in the Canary Islands in the DO La Palma, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Valle de la Orotava, Valle de Güimar, and Ycoden-Daute-Isora. The plants have a certain similarity with the Malvasia variety. The clusters are medium sized, not very compact. The grapes are elliptical, pink and medium size. Usually used in

Malvasía Tinta

Red. See Juan Garcia

Mandó

Red. Native to the area of Valencia, rare and in an experimental phase for the production of wines. Clusters are small, with loose grains and a moderate production.

Manseng

White. Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng are other names by which this varieties native of the Jurançon area of France are known. It is used in Spain by the DO Chacolí de Vizcaya and DO Chacolí de Álava The Gros Manseng produces dry white wines fresh and delicately scented, while the Petit Manseng lends itself very well to the ripeness and the production of spirits with typical aromas of exotic fruits.

Manto Negro

Red. A variety native to the Balearic Islands. This is the main grape in Binissalem DO. It produces light, very well balanced wines, with good results after short ageing in cask and bottle.

Marmajuelo

White. Compact cluster of medium size, cylindrical-winged, and medium size berries with a high acidity content during maturation. It produces very noble acidity wines. Its cultivation is located in the Canary Islands. Also called Bermejuela or Vermejuelo.

Marqués

White. See Loureira.

María Ardoña

Red. See Bastardo negro

Maturana Tinta

Red grape. It has small compact clusters and small berries. It has high colour intensity and anthocyanin content, high acidity and medium alcohol content. With notable acidity and tartness and medium persistence. It´s found in Rioja Alta, was permitted by DOCa Rioja in 2007

Mazuela

See Cariñena.

Mencía

Red. According to recent studies, this grape is very similar to Cabernet Franc. It produces high quality wines and is most widely planted in León (68%), Zamora, Lugo and Orense provinces. It is considered a main variety in Valdeorras and Bierzo DOs.

Merenzao

Red. Authorised in Valdeorras DO, although, like most Galician varieties, it is quite scarce.

Merlot

A red grape which is the basis for many fine, highly aromatic wines. It comes from the Bordeaux region. After Cabernet Sauvignon, it is the most widespread grape variety in the world. In Spain, it is grown mainly in Ribera del Duero DO and the regions of Catalonia and Navarre.

Merseguera

White grape. Has a distinct personality. Most widely planted in Valencia (69%), Tarragona and Alicante. Considered a main variety in Valencia DO.

Moll

White. Also called Prensal. Used in many of the white Majorcan wines. Mostly found in Binissalem, it produces light, balanced white wines.

Monastrell

A red, very sweet and productive grape. It produces wines with a deep colour and considerable alcoholic content. It is mainly found in Murcia (52%), Alicante, Albacete and Valencia and it is considered a main variety in DOs such as Alicante, Almansa, Costers del Segre, Jumilla, Penedés, Valencia and Yecla.

Morenillo

Red. Native of the DO Terra Alta.

Morisca

Red. Very widely grown, although almost always in small quantities. It has a certain significance in the "Comarca Vitivinícola" of Cañamero. It is frequently grown as a dessert grape.

Moristel

Red. Plentiful in Huesca and Zaragoza. Considered a main variety in Somontano DO.

Moscatel

White, superbly aromatic grape with a high sugar content. It produces very characteristic wines and is also frequently consumed directly as a dessert grape. Widely grown across the whole of Spain, it is particularly frequent in Valencia and Málaga. It is also considered a main variety in Málaga and Valencia DOs.

Moscatel de Alejandría

White. Its berries are thick, flesy, pale yellow with a musky taste. It has a powerful aroma, and high sugar content. It produces very wharacteristic wines. It is a grape widespread throughout Spain, expecially in coastal areas such as Valencia, Málaga, Alicante, Cádiz, Jerez and the Canaries Islands. It is the main varietal in the DO of Malaga and Valencia. It is also known as Moscatel Romano

Moscatel de Grano Menudo

Blanca. Early budding grapes with good behavior in limestone terrain. It comes from the eastern Mediterranean area, cultivated primarily in Andalucía, but also found in parts of Navarre. It produces dry or semi-dry, sweet, highly aromatic and high-ranking acidity wines.

Moscatel Morisco

White. See Moscatel de Grano Menudo

Moscatel Negro

Red. Spanish varietal, hybrid of Moscatel de Alejandría and Frankenthal. Its berries have muscatel flavors. Widely cultivated in the Canary Islands as well as in the DO Somontano.

Moscatel Romano

White. See Moscatel de Alejandría

Moza Fresca

White. Also called Valenciana and Doña Blanca. Some people believe this to be the Merseguera variety transplanted to the Valdeorras area of Galicia, where it is most widely planted.

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