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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  • San Giulio Malvasia di Castelnuovo "Don Bosco"

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    Wine review by MsCarter


  • Hard to beat Monte Rosso for Cali field blends and Zin. We went nuts ... ... Murietta and some Birichino Malvasia (hello, NG) on the way home. BTW, my local Safeway, which has pretty good wine, had exactly NO viognier--so OT wins a bet he did not mak Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • San Giulio Malvasia di Castelnuovo "Don Bosco"

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  • Time to do a little cellar cleaning and what better way to start than with the ... on Trebbiano with a bit of Malvasia for perfume and perhaps a dollop of Grechetto for structure. The example from Casale Marchese includes both Trebbiano and Malvasia, along with two more obscure varieties: Bellone and Belvino. Try a bottle this summer and you c... Read More

    From the article Discovering Italian Whites


  • Quinta de Maritavora Douro White Port NV

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  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009

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  • Italian Roses, that's what’s for dinner. And before you go there let ... 12.5% $1790% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but al... Read More

    From the article Rosato d'Italia!


  • Leone de Castris Five Roses Rose 2013

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    90% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but also a nice round blanket of fruit which wraps nicely around the acid spine. Showing s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Birichino Monterey Malvasia Bianca 2012

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  • Villa Rufinella Frascati Secco 2012

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  • Tremendous

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

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