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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  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2007


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    Wine review by CamilleSweeney

  • It may not be the Mona Lisa or The Last Supper, but it's definitely making ... grapes – identified as Malvasia di Candia – may not be the super Tuscan da Vinci was, they were worthy of a replanting in one of Italy's culture capitals.  Researchers worked with the owners of the da Vinci property to excavate the ground where the vineyard once sto... Read More

    From the article Italian Master's Vineyard Vicariously Voyages To New Milanese Home

  • Antichi Giochi Voulet Casorzo d'Asti 2013


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    Wine review by CoCoBeeba

  • The term Super Tuscan was born a controversy some 40 years ago. The controversy ... ... grapes, like Canaiolo or Malvasia Nera, and a mandatory proportion of white grapes which diluted the blends.  Meanwhile, French wines had affirmed their leading status and had conquered the United States. French wine-growing was also modernizing rather quick... Read More

    From the article The True Genesis of Super Tuscan Wine

  • Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage 2009


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    Wine review by jxsummer

  • Antichi Giochi Voulet Casorzo d'Asti 2013


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    Wine review by mujerbonita75

  • I don't know where people get those descriptions VV! Don't worry, you ... Viura with a little bit of Malvasia, typical of a Rioja white. Viura tends to have a slightly bitter finish, not offensive, but distinctive, and Malvasia of course, is one of the world's most aromatic grapes, very floral and on the order of Muscat, Viognier, and Torronte... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mature Wines

  • In this case, a '79 Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve stole the show. Just the fact that it was still upright, despite passive cellaring (another from a previously discussed estate sale my neighbor scored on) was enough to write about. However, this surprisingly gave some real, almost sublime pleasure, despite being on the precipice of oxidation. It dr... Read More

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  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... ... from 70% Viura and 30% Malvasia, that will bring out turkey’s sweetness and will play well with extra rich and gooey side dishes. Snooth Editorial Says: Try it with this recipe for Glazed Poppy Seed Turnips. Ratcheting up the Reds  If you are truly over Pinot ... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings

  • Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly ... Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc,  and more -- which is a sure conversation starter in and of itself. Retailing for around $17 and clocking in at 13.5% alcohol, don't let the whimsical packaging lure you into thinking that there isn't a s... Read More

    From the article Don't Belittle the Box Wine!

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

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