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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  • Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanco 1998


    Enjoyed this one in the Salon at Per Se. A great, complex white to drink by itself. The flavor became muted, however, with food. Read More

    Wine review by Cab Lovers

  • 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

  • Murganheira Malvasia Fino Bruto


    Muito seco Read More

    Wine review by hgalvao

  • Raposeira Meio Seco


    Normal Read More

    Wine review by hgalvao

  • Grao Vasco Dao Branco 2012


    Crystal clear pale yellow color. Very aromatic nose--tropical fruits. Very dry and crisp on the palate. Only slight hints of the tropical fruit flavors. I am not that experienced with Portuguese wines. Most of my experience is with Vinho Verde, and this wine is very similar--light, dry, crisp. US$8.09 at Total Wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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