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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  • 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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  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2013

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    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

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  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by docdom


  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... 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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