Malvasia

Name of varietal: Malvasia

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malmsey, 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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Malvasia on Snooth

  • Another in my series of reports focusing on the wines I was able to sample at ... Sangiovese, 10% a blend of malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot Sweetly oaked and vanila influenced on the nose, this show some attractive black cherry and blackcurrant fruit aromas. A bit slick in the mouth in a rich but simple style that is attractively fresh wit... Read More

    From the article Cracking the Chianti Code


  • Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2012

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    90% Sangiovese, 10% a blend of malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot Sweetly oaked and vanila influenced on the nose, this show some attractive black cherry and blackcurrant fruit aromas. A bit slick in the mouth in a rich but simple style that is attractively fresh with a nice mineral edge that helps to add a bit of cut to the rather chunky fruit.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Rosso Maiana 2008

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    A somewhat different Italian red blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. It starts out a little thin and metallic with a hint of licorice. There's a good bit of earthiness on the mid-palate along with dried black plums and raisin. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Annalisa Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco D.O C 2012

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    My all-time FAVORITE wine. I would drink a glass of this every night if I could. Read More

    Wine review by 1483202fmdps 1483202 fmdps


  • Bartenura Malvasia 2013

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    Light, delicious, and perfectly refreshing anytime of the year. Read More

    Wine review by 1483202fmdps 1483202 fmdps


  • Tremendous

    Comment by 1475372mistywax 1475372 mistywax


  • Risata Pink Moscato

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    Very sweet, but not overwhelming. Read More

    Wine review by CrystalElaine10


  • Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi Malvasia Bianca California 2009

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    Oh ya fabulous. Sweet, light, fruity. No bitter aftertaste. Similar to a muscat, but with a hint of dried apricot. We snacked on pepperoni & white cheese while sipping this, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Robert Mondavi Malvasia Bianca California 2009

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    A pleasant surprise. Similar to a Muscat wine. Lightly sweet, crisp peach/apple taste. Floral aroma. Give it a try. Yum. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Tenuta di Pietra Porzia Frascati Saula 2012

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    Very nice, fresh Italian white. This is a blend of Malvasia del Lazio, Grechetto, and Bombino, with which I am totally unfamiliar. There's a touch of sweetness, ripe pear, a little apricot and a bit of clove on the very back end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cascina Gilli Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by joshuatree


  • I had never tasted a red wine that I liked, until trying Malvasia.

    Comment by 478946slgaerte 478946 slgaerte


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