Name of varietal: Malmsey

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malvasia, Malvasia Istriana, Malvazia, Monemvasia

Parentage of the grape: thought to be indigenous to Greece

History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For this reason, there are dozens of clones and subspecies derived from the original, and it comes in both red and the much more common white. It is believed to have originated in Greece as Monemvasia, and was brought to Italy by the Romans, from where it spread most notably to Spain, France, Portugal and Croatia.

In most places in Europe, it has an often unbilled role in blends and bulk wines, though some more sophisticated productions exist and are worth looking out for. In Italy, it is vinified in the north as a single varietal in dry white wines as Malvasia Istriana. It is also one of the grapes used in Vin Santo fortified wine.

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  • Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira NV


    A new favorite! Classic candied orange notes take on woodier tones - perhaps a hint of pine. Delicious, complex, great for the holidays. Read More

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    AUD$86/500ml. It is produced with 95% Malvasia white grapes and 5% Corinto ... ... ... used to make Madeiran Malmsey. Malsavia is used to make white wine, dessert wines and fortified wines in countries such as Italy, Croatia, Spain, Madeira and in some regions of the Californian coast. Each region has its own indigenous varietals, so there mu... Read More

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    Paired with Tasso stuffed, bacon wrapped dated stewed in tomato saucecaramel - soy sauce - molasses - toasted hazelnut - honeycaramel color pair with macadamia nut brownie or hazelnut tart with honey glazealso good with flan Read More

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    This is a wine that will last you a while! it has very big flavor, like chocolate and wood. The fruits are orange-like and bright, perhaps with some age to them. Read More

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