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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  • Quinta de Maritavora Douro White Port NV

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009

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    Wine review by 70092cbs


  • Italian Roses, that's what’s for dinner. And before you go there let ... 12.5% $1790% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but al... Read More

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  • Leone de Castris Five Roses Rose 2013

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    90% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but also a nice round blanket of fruit which wraps nicely around the acid spine. Showing s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Birichino Monterey Malvasia Bianca 2012

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    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Villa Rufinella Frascati Secco 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cantina Sociale di Casorzo Malvasia di Casorzo Dolce 2012

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    This is a very nice sweet red wine! It's absolutely delicious! It is sweet, but not too sweet, with balanced acidity. This wine is not fully sparkling, but is frizzante, with some fizziness. I am into sweet wines and I found it in a local shop. At the recommendation of the owner, who let me sample it before purchase, I brought it home. I will c... Read More

    Wine review by Nataliss


  • Antinori Villa Antinori Toscana IGT White 2012

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    Wine review by ranchorachel


  • Turriga. Argiolas 2008

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    Quite possibly the Biggest Super Tuscan I've tasted. At it's best for Napa and McLaren Vale fans. Thanks Argiolas.!ps. It's not a super Tuscan. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Gaudio Bricco Mondalino Malvasia Rossa 2011

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    Wine review by Magenta2014


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