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Snooth User: spikedc

Maltese Wine

Posted by spikedc, Feb 8, 2011.

Recently booked a holiday to Malta in June and would like to find out about Maltese wine. I've read that the reputation of their wine has not always been favourable, most of the grapes grown were consumed as food. Since the 1970's wine production has become serious with international grape varieties been planted.

There are now 5 major wine producers Marsovin, Delicata, Camelleri, Meridiana and Montekristo.

Anybody tried any of these and any in particular worth trying while i'm out there ?

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 8, 2011.

Have had a range of wines there over multiple decades. Many French varietals and some Spanish (cabs sauv/franc, syrah, chard, merlot, tempranillo, etc.) in recent years. The industry there has seemed like a perpetual work in progress, but the wine has still been pleasant at scores of meals I've had on both Gozo and Malta.

Since labeling laws changed from 2007, I believe, and a recognizable push is being made to upgrade the industry, now would be an interesting time to do a tasting tour. Will look forward to your reports!

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Reply by mtguy, Feb 19, 2011.

Here is an e-shop  by Delicata that is able to ship their wines internationally.

https://delicata.trolleymania.com

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Reply by spikedc, Jun 26, 2011.
Edited Jun 26, 2011

Off on hols tomorrow, try out those Maltese wines.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 26, 2011.

Let us know how they are, and what else you see there. Was talking to someone filming a movie there just this past week. Personally I like the islands, with their distinct twist on Mediterranean culture (and history), very much.

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Reply by spikedc, Jul 5, 2011.

Just arrived back from a fantastic Holiday in Malta, tasted some Very good, bad and dreadful wines

Some bars had truly awful  wines only fit for pouring on your fries, in one bar the red wine we ordered actually came out hot.

Thankfully we had some good ones at our hotel from the Marsovin Estate Malta's leading producer and exporter. I particularly liked the 2008 Antonin Noir a medium bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sav and Cabernet Franc and the Antonin Blanc Chardonnay.

Other good local wines we tasted were from the Meridiana Winery  Bel Syrah and Isis Chardonnay among the best.

dmcker -  Loved the island (crammed full of history) and the very friendly people. Passed by the film set you mentioned for the new Brad Pitt movie World War Z. 

 

 

 

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 5, 2011.

Yeah, I think chunks of Troy were filmed there, too.

Thanks for the pointers to those wineries and offerings, Spike. Did you make it to Gozo?

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Reply by spikedc, Jul 6, 2011.

Only spent a day on Gozo, beautiful sleepy island, lots of religous festivals going on, streets in most of the villages we visited were decorated. Had a great lunch where we tasted the Meridiana wine.

My only regret is we didn't visit next week when Marsovin and other local wineries are having there 2011 Summer wine festival.(bad Planing on my part).


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