Definition of Macabeo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmakəˈbeɪəʊ/


(also Maccabeo)
  • A variety of grape grown widely in the western Mediterranean countries (Spain, Portugal, south-western France, Morocco, and Algeria) and used in the manufacture of (chiefly dry) white wines, and also of sparkling wines, rosés, and light red wines.

    Also called Viura in and near the Rioja region, and Alacanon and Alcanol elsewhere in Spain.


Late 19th century. From Spanish Macabeo, Maccabeo, Portuguese Macabeu, French Maccabéo further etymology uncertain.