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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  • Poggio le Volpi Frascati Superiore Epos Malvasia di Candia Malvasia del Lazio Trebbiano 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Salina IGT 2010

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  • You're right... they have come a long way from the day when Count Ricasoli ... Sangiovese, and around 30% Malvasia… later replaced by Trebbiano in many cases after WW II).  Personally, some Cabernet and Merlot are welcome in Tuscan wines.I have tasted Cabs and Merlot from North Italy that are very good - also some from Molise, a bit of remote ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Fracchia Malvasia di Casorzo Voulet 2016

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    Just the right amount of perfection...Smooth, subtle and sexy. Read More

    Wine review by fseals


  • Marques de Caceres White 2015

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    Fresh, lively, and somewhat sweet. Easy quaffer!90points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Vigneto Montesodi Riserva Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Marchesi Frescobaldi 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Epicuro Salice Salentino 2015

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    A fantastic wine for every day! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Mastrojanni Botrys Moscadello di Montalcino 2007

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    Candied orange peel and peach notes with the creamy nutty aromas of age showing here on the nose. Thick molasses and orange marmalade flavors on the palate with rose petal floral notes and dried apricot fruit. This is showing its age at this point but still has a lot of flavor. Syrupy sweet and decadent. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • This really is good, envigorating, refreshing wine. Love the Aeolians, and their malvasia... CARAVAGLIO, MALVASIA SECCA DI TRICOLI, “INFATATA”SALINA, SICILY, ITALY 201     SommSelect Editorial Director David Lynch exults over the mix of fresh fruit and sea spray in this quintessential “island white.” This is a special wine from a special place.R... Read More

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... Colares 2005 Colares Arenae Malvasia (500 ml) This is the un-grafted Malvasia Colares, and is not to be confused with other Malvasias. The style here is more lemon, quince, and beeswax, than sweet and floral. Aged in foudre for four years, this 2005 has some rich... Read More

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  • 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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