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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  • Orange wine is something I feel I have read about more often than I have seen ... - This blend of Trebbiano, Malvasia and Verdicchio is a product of Cistercian nuns in Lazio, Italy. A slightly cloudy lemon-yellow in the glass, this wine was medium-bodied with good acidity and a creamy texture. It had more subdued aromas on opening. It evolves ... Read More

    From the article Ditch Your Rose: Orange Wine Is Burning Hot

  • Cavicchioli Malvasia Since Sparkling White NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Barbeito Madeira Malvasia 1950


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    Wine review by dliverpool

  • Friuli (or more properly Friuli Venezia Giulia) lies in Italy’s ... was ... was producing Refosco and Malvasia in their home of Isola d’Istria. Livio first arrived in Collio when he moved to Friuli in the late 1930s. As his knowledge of the area continued to grow, he became more and more convinced that premium quality wine had to begin in the ... Read More

    From the article For the Love of Friuli Wine

  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2007


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    Wine review by CamilleSweeney

  • It may not be the Mona Lisa or The Last Supper, but it's definitely making ... grapes – identified as Malvasia di Candia – may not be the super Tuscan da Vinci was, they were worthy of a replanting in one of Italy's culture capitals.  Researchers worked with the owners of the da Vinci property to excavate the ground where the vineyard once sto... Read More

    From the article Italian Master's Vineyard Vicariously Voyages To New Milanese Home

  • Antichi Giochi Voulet Casorzo d'Asti 2013


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    Wine review by CoCoBeeba

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • The term Super Tuscan was born a controversy some 40 years ago. The controversy ... ... grapes, like Canaiolo or Malvasia Nera, and a mandatory proportion of white grapes which diluted the blends.  Meanwhile, French wines had affirmed their leading status and had conquered the United States. French wine-growing was also modernizing rather quick... Read More

    From the article The True Genesis of Super Tuscan Wine

  • Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage 2009


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    Wine review by jxsummer

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