Maccabeo is easily recognised by its bulky, winged, pyramid-shaped clusters, which are branching and very often compact in appearance. The individual berries are of medium size, spherical in shape, ranging in colour from yellow-green to golden yellow, depending on their degree of ripeness. The flesh is sweet and juicy.
The Maccabeo grape produces stylish, fruity wines, high in alcoholic content and low in acidity. They are straw yellow in colour.