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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  • Big House White 2006

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    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Birichino Malvasia Bianca Monterey 2008

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    Intensely perfumed, yet bone dry on the finish. Jasmine, lime citrus, a touch of grapefruit-- stylistically akin to sauvignon but racier than most, and with great length and even a touch of menrality on the palate. Wow! Superb with seafood- I tried with crab, also smoked birds, even sushi or lemongrass curries. Read More

    Wine review by scruzer


  • Argiolas Red Blend Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT Turriga 2007

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    Wine review by Alto Zee


  • Vezzolano Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco Piemont Italien NV

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    Wine review by Blowndes


  • Bartenura Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco Mevushal 2006

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    Wine review by eeckert


  • Bartenura Malvasia 2012

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    Wine review by eeckert


  • Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva Negroamaro Malvasia Nera Puglia Salice Salentino 2004

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    um... amazing and delicious. I had the 2006. It is complex but in a subtle, very drinkable way. I found this wine to be a lot lighter than WS notes. I was so surprised and delighted by this wine- a friend brought it over and I am running out to get it. I have tried a couple other Salice Salentino wines, but this beats them. Especially good with... Read More

    Wine review by monteberto


  • Campobello Vin Santo 2005

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    This was my first experience with a vin santo. I paired it with an almond pound cake. It was marginally enjoyable. I am sure this is not a traditional vin santo. I think I will be looking for better specimens in the future. Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990


  • Kenneth Volk Malvasia 2007

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    Big sweet floral aromatic note jumps out of the glass. This wine has got more up front tropical / honeysuckle aroma than any I have ever smelled. I don't know how Ken Volk pulls it off, but he is a genius. Read More

    Wine review by slotownwiner


  • A visit to Terrabianca Terrabianca is a medium sized winery in the heart of the ... smaller amounts of Canaiolo, Malvasia and Trebbiano. We focused on reds at the tasting. 1) La Fonte 2007 This is a 100% Sangiovese wine with 6 months of oak, from vineyards further south in Tuscany, outside the Chianti region, in Maremma, Grossetto. My notes say... Read More

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