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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  • Astoria Lounge Sparkling Moscato Malvasia NV


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    Wine review by LaValle

  • Welcome!One suggestion I would have for you is to see if you can find a nice Malvasia Bianca.   Also, if you want to venture into French wine, the Vouvrays from the Loire Valley can be moelleux,, which designates a sweet wine.  But even tho they are sweet, they can age very well for many, many years!   I have had a few that reminded me of honeys... Read More

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  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009


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    Wine review by jbailey757

  • Voulet Malvasia di Casorzo d'Asti 2014


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    Wine review by mujerbonita75

  • Apollonio Copertino 2007


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  • Casa Contini Salento Rosso Verso 2013


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    Wine review by misspriss1

  • OK, haven't put anything on here in a while, been consuming too many run of ... ... a blend of trebbiano, malvasia and verdicchio.  The nose comes across with some smoke and very ripe golden delicious apples. Reminds me of picking apples in the orchard on a fall day. On the tongue is more ripe apple, honeycomb, tangerine and just a very subtle... Read More

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  • Hello, I like wine. I'm originally from the UK though I've lived ... ... white wines are Inzolia, Malvasia, and Muscat. While my favourite reds are Nero di Troia, Morellino di Scansano, and Salice Salentino.I'm also a fan of Sauternes which is what led me here in my search for discovering which to get from my local supermarket; a 2003 or a 200... Read More

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  • JD, you mean besides me obviously.Just ordered these from two different wine ... Bianco(55% Trebbiano, 20% Malvasia, 15% Verdicchio, 10% Grechetto)Domaine du Grangeon Chatus(100% Chatus) This evening I opened (of all things) a 2003 Illinois wine made from Zin and Chambourcin. This was one of the gifts I was given for helping a neighbor clear o... Read More

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  • Corsica may fall under French jurisdiction, but its spirit is clearly distinct ... Malvoisie de Corse (Corsican Malvasia) is a white grape that enjoys popularity around the Mediterranean. You will also find Grenache, in addition to Syrah, Carignan and other southern French varieties, too. Fifty-five percent of the production in Corsica is rosé... Read More

    From the article Catch the Corsican Rose Wave

  • Tremendous

    Comment by 1475372mistywax 1475372 mistywax

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

    Comment by 478946slgaerte 478946 slgaerte

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