It is said that it owes its name to the biblical tribe of the Maccabees and it seems to have its origin in the Ebro basin. In other regions it is given the name of Blanca de Daroca, Alcañol and Macabeu. It has a vigorous vine, which gives a good yield.
It is of a late sprouting and its collection period is short, and it must be made with care because of the little consistency of its skin. Its bunch is compact, of a large size and of a greenish-yellow colour, with grapes of medium thickness and colourless juice, balanced in sugar and body.