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


    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


    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


    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

    From the article A Bootful of Wine - A Visit to Terrabianca

  • I would just like to know if you have tasted Slovenian (Slovene) wines, what you thought about them.Which you've tasted and any opinions you may have regarding Slovenian (Slovene) wines.You may also ask questions about Slovenian (Slovene) wines and if I know the anwser I'd gladly reply. Read More

    Forum post in the topic wines of Slovenia

  • Vie di Romans Flors di Uis 2006


    This wine (Vie di Romans) is not from Trentino! It is from FRIULI !!!FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA, exactly. Please modify. Read More

    Wine review by Carla Antonia

  • Fracchia Casorzo Voulet 2012



    Wine review by POUND CAKE

  • La Sera Red Malvasia 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by katiemae0329

  • It’s a while since I went around wineries in a bikini. Actually, I think ... ... the same banner, offered Malvasia Sasserra 2005, 100% malvasia de Sitges. It absolutely tasted of the place on the day: a full-bodied concoction of seasalt, pears, almonds, herbs and sherry. Again, with a complexity requiring lengthy knitted-eyebrow swishing. Alon... Read More

    From the article Sitges Mostra de Vins

  • Vivanco Rioja Blanco Viura/Malvasia 2008


    crisp, clean refreshing, and highly acidic - lemon/lime citrus dominates both on the nose and palate Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

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