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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  • Fracchia Casorzo Voulet 2012

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    Wine review by misawa


  • Argiolas Red Blend Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT Turriga 2007

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Argiolas Red Blend Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT Turriga 2007

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Argiolas Red Blend Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT Turriga 2007

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Bava Rosetta Malvasia Castelnuovo New-Italy Size 2008

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    Had this wine in Shanghai at a dessert and wine bar.It was very nice. Smooth, refreshing, aromatic and tasty. Not complex at all, but also not too simple. Perfect for the occasion when I had it.www.bava.it Read More

    Wine review by supbrow


  • It’s been quite awhile since Caterina Dei and her gracious mother ... ... ... 2008 Bianco di MartienaMalvasia, Grechetto, Tebbiano Nice aromatic with notes of white raisin, yellow apple, pear, and hints of almond, clay, and flowers. Sweet fruit in the mouth gives an almost lush feel to the palate, which is dominated by notes of pollen and h... Read More

    From the article Dei Vino Nobile


  • Castelvecchio Carso Malvasia Bianca 2007

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    pass...did not like it at all.....probably best used for cooking wine when you do not like the company.....2007 & 2008....off the list for good.... Read More

    Wine review by wine o new york


  • Bartenura Malvasia 2006

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    A refreshing, semi sweet wine with deliciously lingering flavorful aromas. Read More

    Wine review by wine o new york


  • Bartenura Malvasia 2012

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    A refreshing, semi sweet wine with deliciously lingering flavorful aromas. ... ... PIEDMONTSub-Region: MALVASIA DI CASTELNUOVO DON BOGrape Varietal: MALVASIAType: Still wine,Kosh Read More

    Wine review by wine o new york


  • Solagne 2006

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    I found a 2006 in my cellar and I opened it, sure it would be gone. I was surprised to find it extremely better than when I tasted it back in 2007! Pleasant to the nose with interesting minerals in the mouth, very well structured and balanced. Dezi did a great job with this combination of local varietals. Read More

    Wine review by Lanfranch


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