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Malvasia

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Engaging aromas of jasmine coupled with ripe tropical and stone fruit flavors are pervasive in many wines that call themselves Malvasia. Both grape and name are far-reaching. Over 20 different varieties grow throughout Italy, Spain, Greece and other countries.

But variations on the name itself are plentiful too. There are actually approximately 70 registered grapes with Malvasia as part of their name or listed as a synonym for Malvasia. The French call it Malvoisie, Germans call it Malvasier, British say Malmsey and confusingly one variety double-times under the alias, Boal, on the island of Madeira. In any case, Italy actually has more forms of Malvasia than any other country. Most popular are Malvasia Bianca di Candia from Lazio, Malvasia di Candia Aromatico, which is planted widely and the red-skinned Malvasia di Casorzo from Piedmont. The list goes on.

Tasting Notes for Malvasia

Malvasia makes a dry or sweet white wine with with floral and tropical fruit aromas and flavors of white peach, apricot, green herb and seaspray. While it does have some aromatic red variants, Malvasia mainly occurs as a pale-skinned variety.

Perfect Food Pairings for Malvasia

Try Malvasia with spaghetti bottarga or alla carbonara, chestnut tagliatelle, octopus salad or mu shu vegetable.

Sommelier Secrets for Malvasia

Some think that the actual name, Malvasia, stems from the Italian mispronunciation of Monemvasia, a southern Greek port.

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  • Bastianich Adriatico Malvasia 2013 Front Label
    Bastianich Adriatico Malvasia 2013
    Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Monte delle Vigne Malvasia 2013 Front Label
      Monte delle Vigne Malvasia 2013
      Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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      • Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2013 Front Label
        Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2013
        Malvasia from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Moroder Malvasia 2013 Front Label
        Moroder Malvasia 2013
        Malvasia from Italy
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        • Principe Pallavicini Malvasia Puntinata 2013 Front Label
          Principe Pallavicini Malvasia Puntinata 2013
          Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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          • Los Bermejos Malvasia Seco 2013 Front Label
            Los Bermejos Malvasia Seco 2013
            Malvasia from Canary Islands, Spain
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            • Tasca d'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia 2013 Front Label
              Tasca d'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia 2013
              Malvasia from Sicily, Italy
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              • Bodegas Covitoro Canus Verus Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                Bodegas Covitoro Canus Verus Malvasia 2013
                Malvasia from Toro, Spain
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                • Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2013 Front Label
                  Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2013
                  Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                  • Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                    Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2013
                    Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • La Tosa Colli Piacentini Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                      La Tosa Colli Piacentini Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia 2013
                      Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                      • Terras do Domo Espumante Bruto Malvasia Fina 2013 Front Label
                        Terras do Domo Espumante Bruto Malvasia Fina 2013
                        Malvasia from Portugal
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                        • Tenuta Stella Collio Collio Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                          Tenuta Stella Collio Collio Malvasia 2013
                          Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                          • Traveling Vineyard Beeline Malvasia Bianca 2013  Front Label
                            Traveling Vineyard Beeline Malvasia Bianca 2013
                            Malvasia from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                            • La Tosa Colli Piacentini L'Ora Felice Malvasia Passito 2013 Front Label
                              La Tosa Colli Piacentini L'Ora Felice Malvasia Passito 2013
                              Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                              • Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2013 Front Label
                                Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2013
                                Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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                                • I Clivi Colli Orientali del Friuli Vecchia Vigna ai Clivi Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                                  I Clivi Colli Orientali del Friuli Vecchia Vigna ai Clivi Malvasia 2013
                                  Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                  • Cantine Borgo di Colloredo Terre degli Osci Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                                    Cantine Borgo di Colloredo Terre degli Osci Malvasia 2013
                                    Malvasia from Molise, Italy
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                                    • Kenneth Volk San Bernabe Vineyards Malvasia Bianca 2013 Front Label
                                      Kenneth Volk San Bernabe Vineyards Malvasia Bianca 2013
                                      Malvasia from San Bernabe, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                                      • Heredad Ugarte Martin Cendoya Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                                        Heredad Ugarte Martin Cendoya Malvasia 2013
                                        Malvasia from Rioja, Spain
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                                        • Azienda Agricola Quarticello Emilia Despina Frizzante Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                                          Azienda Agricola Quarticello Emilia Despina Frizzante Malvasia 2013
                                          Malvasia from Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                                          • Az. Agricola Dario Raccaro Collio Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                                            Az. Agricola Dario Raccaro Collio Malvasia 2013
                                            Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                            • Leone de Castris Salento Donna Lisa Malvasia Bianca 2013 Front Label
                                              Leone de Castris Salento Donna Lisa Malvasia Bianca 2013
                                              Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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                                              • Ronco dei Tassi Collio Goriziano Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                                                Ronco dei Tassi Collio Goriziano Malvasia 2013
                                                Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                                • Santa Giustina Colli Piacentini Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                                                  Santa Giustina Colli Piacentini Malvasia 2013
                                                  Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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