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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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Malvasia Nera. But it’s now being made as a varietal wine, and Tenute Rubino, which I visited in September 2016, produces two versions that show the fruit’s flexibility. Their Torre Testa is dense and plummy, with a coffee-steeped body... Read More

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  • Riecine Sebastiano I.G.T Bianco Passito 1999


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  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. ... your block. Reese's and MalvasiaThere's only one candy brand I want to see on Halloween: Reeses. Those classic cups, Reese's Pieces, Fast Break bars, etc. —  if there's chocolate and peanut butter in there, that's what I want. I don't usually drink wine when eating ca... Read More

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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

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