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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  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... is a grape variety called Malvasia. There are actually 17 different cultivars within the group of Malvasia: one called Malvasia Bianca Lunga, another Malvasia del Lazio (you guessed it, it can be found in Lazio), another named Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, and s... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Some interesting Chianti Classico, at good prices, vouched for by our very own ... just been planted over to Malvasia Nera. They are bush trained vines in the traditional Albarello style and will eventually be part of the blend here. The family prefers a blended wine, old-style (even as many producers turn towards pure Sangiovese), finding it ... Read More

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  • Galioffo Vin Santo del Chianti DOCG 2009

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    Tried this recently while on a walking food tour in Florence, Italy, and dipped cantucci biscotti into the wine. Our tour guide told us this is a popular dessert among locals. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by RobynLF


  • Busy day. Too freaking hot!This Arbe Garbe was a blend of Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia and Tokai Friulano all from Sonoma County. Expected more brightness and less creaminess. Interesting but likely not a repurchase @ $36 I could say the same thing about this Hungarian. Not sure I can trust the palate of the guy who I asked about it. Again OK but I ... Read More

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  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009

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    I first taste this wine in Aviano, Italy and loved it. I often drink Merlot, but this wine was a mixture of dry, sweet, and sparkling which made my taste buds explode with flavor. This is a must have in the U.S.A. Please let me know where to buy in Vegas. Read More

    Wine review by finewines725


  • I've heard that Costco is one of, if not the, largest retailer of wine - in ... up of viosinho, rabigato and malvasia. Lemon cream on the nose.  Kind of creamy but not overly oaked or buttery. Decent amount of acidity, lemon cream, a touch of ripe pear, subtle herbal notes on the back end, and a medium finish. This went well with panko crusted ... Read More

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  • Giroflé Branco Douro 2014

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    Really nice, food friendly Portugese white made up of viosinho, rabigato and malvasia. Lemon cream on the nose. Kind of creamy but not overly oaked or buttery. Decent amount of acidity, lemon cream, a touch of ripe pear, subtle herbal notes on the back end, and a medium finish. This went well with panko crusted snapper and roasted brussel sprouts. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Azienda Agricola Monte del Fra Ca del Magro Custoza DOC Superiore 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Edizione Cinque Autoctoni VdT Rosso Barrica 2010

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    Wine review by Cuvee TX


  • Voulet Malvasia di Casorzo d'Asti 2014

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    Wine review by mujerbonita75


  • 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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