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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  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2007


    Just had this and it's amazing!! My husband and I are trying to get cases of it!! LoL I don't even like red wine but this is great! Read More

    Wine review by dreamer1

  • Casasole Orvieto Classico Amabile 2008


    I am a wine drinker, and I don't drink much else (in regards to hard liquor or beer) and this is by far my favorite wine. I have sampled a large variety of wine, for an equally large price range and I was very surprised by Casasole Orvieto. Considering it was a very inexpensive bottle of wine, I figured it's taste would reflect the price, howeve... Read More

    Wine review by Heatherdamore

  • Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by X80X03X03

  • Casasole Orvieto Classico DOC 2014


    This is likely one of the best values in wine under $11/bottle!Off dry with lots of floral and fruity aromas. Decent acidity on the palate and full of tart fruitiness. This has many of the qualities a Riesling and/or Gewurtz has, plus it's DOCG rated! Robust, refreshing and crisp! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Fracchia Casorzo Voulet 2012


    I love LOVE love this wine! It is absolutely FABULOUS!!! To bad, so sad i live in NC now and not find it or anything like it at all! Every time i am in DC/MD/VA area i buy a couple of bottles! Read More

    Wine review by hmll

  • Sterling Vineyards Malvasia Bianca Central Coast 2007


    On the nose, it is flowery and fruity with hints of pineapple. On the palate, it just tastes great! Read More

    Wine review by skilz

  • Aziende Agricola du Cropio Serra Sanguigna Calabria IGT 2005


    Cellar Notes mentioned a vineyard in Calabria called "Cropio", so I guess this must be it.(Dear Cellar Notes: please update your web site.) Read More

    Wine review by solargecko

  • Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2006


    Fresh, ripe fruits.. mostly cherry with a hint of spice. Soft tannins, a pleasure to drink. Read More

    Wine review by Coastalcorks

  • Clesi Paso "San Bernate Vineyard" Monterey Malvasia Bianca 2009


    Wine maker notes:Often called the "grape of the gods" Malvasia Bianca is an ancient Italian varietal with history extending back about 2,000 years to present day Turkey and Greece; now common in many Italian growing regions including the islands of Sardinia, Sicily and Lipari. Known for producing highly-perfumed, stone-fruity wines, it is surpri... Read More

    Wine review by mrmazar

  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2007


    Whole Foods sells this wine as well. Fair Lakes, Springfield,and Reston all carry it in their Whole Foods store. This is truly a remarkable wine and everyone I let taste it loves it. Men and women alike. Read More

    Wine review by Jthovn

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