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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  • Isole E Olena Vin Santo 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by cmattera

  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2007


    Love this stuff, it is sooo good. I see it is much cheaper here though, we pay a little over 20 for a bottle, and it goes really quick. Good Stuff!! Read More

    Wine review by SherryandDoug

  • Bartenura Malvasia 2012


    One of my favorites Read More

    Wine review by Nagirl

  • Coronica Malvazia Malvazija Istarska 2008


    Nose of light creamy dusty white floral and light sweet spice (vanilla?) and perhaps some light stone fruit. In the mouth creamy with slightly bitter slightly sour fruit (lemon, nectarine), firm acid, with hints of light spice, nuts or wood, scrubby herb and mineral. Finish fades of slightly bitter wood and nuts. Dry. Body light to medium, acid ... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Vin Santo di San Gimignano DOC 2003


    smooth w/ biscoti Read More

    Wine review by syh

  • Graham's Fine White Port NV


    No written review

    Wine review by mikechil

  • 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

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