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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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  • Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2011 Front Label
    Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2011
    Malvasia from Crete, Greece
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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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    • 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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      • Baron Villagrande Malvasia delle Lipari 2011 Front Label
        Baron Villagrande Malvasia delle Lipari 2011
        Malvasia from Sicily, 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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          • 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 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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              • 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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                • 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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                  • Burja Estate Petite Burja Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                    Burja Estate Petite Burja Malvasia 2011
                    Malvasia from Slovenia
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                    • Heredad Ugarte Martin Cendoya Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                      Heredad Ugarte Martin Cendoya Malvasia 2011
                      Malvasia from Rioja, Spain
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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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                        • 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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                          • 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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                            • 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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                              • Zidarich Carso Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                                Zidarich Carso Malvasia 2011
                                Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 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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                                  • Tasca d'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia 2011 Front Label
                                    Tasca d'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia 2011
                                    Malvasia from Sicily, 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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                                        Adega Regional de Colares Arenae Malvasia 2011
                                        Malvasia from Portugal
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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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                                            Guerra Albano Colli Orientali del Friuli Malvasia 2011
                                            Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 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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