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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  • Risata Pink Moscato


    Very sweet, but not overwhelming. Read More

    Wine review by CrystalElaine10

  • Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi Malvasia Bianca California 2009


    Oh ya fabulous. Sweet, light, fruity. No bitter aftertaste. Similar to a muscat, but with a hint of dried apricot. We snacked on pepperoni & white cheese while sipping this, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi

  • Robert Mondavi Malvasia Bianca California 2009


    A pleasant surprise. Similar to a Muscat wine. Lightly sweet, crisp peach/apple taste. Floral aroma. Give it a try. Yum. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi

  • Tenuta di Pietra Porzia Frascati Saula 2012


    Very nice, fresh Italian white. This is a blend of Malvasia del Lazio, Grechetto, and Bombino, with which I am totally unfamiliar. There's a touch of sweetness, ripe pear, a little apricot and a bit of clove on the very back end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Cascina Gilli Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by joshuatree

  • Trinitas Mysterium 2010


    Dark with black and purple fruits. Good acidity. Nice.87 pts.9/15/13 at Trinitas Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Antichi Giochi Voulet Casorzo d'Asti 2012


    I am usually not a wine drinker, I was given a bottle for my birthday and now I am in love!!! Read More

    Wine review by jbfields

  • Ricossa Casorzo 2012


    Fell in love with this wine I'm hooked Read More

    Wine review by 1meaux86

  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that ... ... with just a touch of Malvasia Nera added for perfume. It’s a wine that reflects its terroir, poor and difficult to farm, in the best of ways. This is a powerful wine, structured yet so well balanced and rich with soil and smoke nuances laid over a base of well jud... Read More

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  • Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira NV


    A new favorite! Classic candied orange notes take on woodier tones - perhaps a hint of pine. Delicious, complex, great for the holidays. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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