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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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  • Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2011 Front Label
    Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2011
    Malvasia from Crete, Greece
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  • Baron Villagrande Malvasia delle Lipari 2011 Front Label
    Baron Villagrande Malvasia delle Lipari 2011
    Malvasia from Sicily, Italy
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    • Leone de Castris Salento Donna Lisa Malvasia Bianca 2011 Front Label
      Leone de Castris Salento Donna Lisa Malvasia Bianca 2011
      Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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      • Zidarich Carso Malvasia 2011 Front Label
        Zidarich Carso Malvasia 2011
        Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        • Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2011 Front Label
          Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2011
          Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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          • Tasca d'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia 2011 Front Label
            Tasca d'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia 2011
            Malvasia from Sicily, Italy
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            • Burja Estate Petite Burja Malvasia 2011 Front Label
              Burja Estate Petite Burja Malvasia 2011
              Malvasia from Slovenia
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              • Casali Viticultori Emilia Acaja Dolce Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                Casali Viticultori Emilia Acaja Dolce Malvasia 2011
                Malvasia from Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                • Conti Zecca Salento Donna Marzia Malvasia Bianca 2011 Front Label
                  Conti Zecca Salento Donna Marzia Malvasia Bianca 2011
                  Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Gianelli Vineyards La Dolce Vita Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                    Gianelli Vineyards La Dolce Vita Malvasia 2011
                    Malvasia from Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2011 Front Label
                      Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2011
                      Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                      • Azienda Agricola Donati Camillo Il Mio Malvasia di Candia 2011 Front Label
                        Azienda Agricola Donati Camillo Il Mio Malvasia di Candia 2011
                        Malvasia from Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                        • L'Astore Masseria Salento Krita Malvasia Bianca 2011 Front Label
                          L'Astore Masseria Salento Krita Malvasia Bianca 2011
                          Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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                          • La Tosa Colli Piacentini L'Ora Felice Malvasia Passito 2011 Front Label
                            La Tosa Colli Piacentini L'Ora Felice Malvasia Passito 2011
                            Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                            • Monte delle Vigne Emilia-Romagna Callas Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                              Monte delle Vigne Emilia-Romagna Callas Malvasia 2011
                              Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                              • Tenuta Stella Collio Collio Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                                Tenuta Stella Collio Collio Malvasia 2011
                                Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                • Luretta Colli Piacentini Boccadirosa Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                                  Luretta Colli Piacentini Boccadirosa Malvasia 2011
                                  Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                                  • Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2011 Front Label
                                    Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2011
                                    Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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                                    • La Tosa Colli Piacentini Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                                      La Tosa Colli Piacentini Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia 2011
                                      Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                                      • Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2011 Front Label
                                        Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2011
                                        Malvasia from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                        • Guerra Albano Colli Orientali del Friuli Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                                          Guerra Albano Colli Orientali del Friuli Malvasia 2011
                                          Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                            Heredad Ugarte Martin Cendoya Malvasia 2011
                                            Malvasia from Rioja, Spain
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                                              Adega Regional de Colares Arenae Malvasia 2011
                                              Malvasia from Portugal
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