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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  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2013


    If you read the winemaker's notes you'll find it is one of those rare descriptions that actually fit. I might add that there is a sweetish black cherry tannin finish that is really nice at the end. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Malvasia doing well in their warm climate. But the Gruet family has shown that the diversity of New Mexico’s landscape can go beyond these varieties, and so, it makes one think that perhaps the potential of this wine making state is n... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California

  • I was round at a mate’s house recently and he opened a bottle of Vin ... ... with grapes, (Trebbiano and Malvasia), that have been left to air dry on mats which results, as you can guess, in the grapes becoming raisin-like and sugar packed.                                         The grapes are then crushed and put into very small (generally 5... Read More

    From the article It's the right time for sweet wine.

  • Single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are the order of the day at ... ... experimented a little with Malvasia Bianca in aims of producing a Madiera style wine. It was a cool trial that led to some interesting results, but I won’t hang my hat on Madiera any time soon. I’m better off sticking with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. I’m looking forwa... Read More

    From the article Ask the Winemaker: Erik Kramer

  • My advice, VIN0VIN0:  DRINK THIS WINE ... suggest Sole.I like the MALVASIA DULCE; it is truly elegant indeed!CHEERS Read More

    Forum post in the topic DID YOU KNOW THAT THE CANARY...

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  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2013


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    Wine review by docdom

  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Malvasia Nera. But it’s now being made as a varietal wine, and Tenute Rubino, which I visited in September 2016, produces two versions that show the fruit’s flexibility. Their Torre Testa is dense and plummy, with a coffee-steeped body... Read More

    From the article These New Wave Wine Grapes Are Really Catching On

  • Riecine Sebastiano I.G.T Bianco Passito 1999


    rich coffee flavours, like a fine port Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. ... your block. Reese's and MalvasiaThere's only one candy brand I want to see on Halloween: Reeses. Those classic cups, Reese's Pieces, Fast Break bars, etc. —  if there's chocolate and peanut butter in there, that's what I want. I don't usually drink wine when eating ca... Read More

    From the article It's Not Too Late for Wine and Candy Pairings

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

    Comment by 478946slgaerte 478946 slgaerte

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