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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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    Venica & Venica Malvasia 2012
    Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    La Tosa Colli Piacentini Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia 2012
    Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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      Castelvecchio Carso Malvasia Istriana 2012
      Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • Clos du Bois Malvasia Bianca 2012 Front Label
        Clos du Bois Malvasia Bianca 2012
        Malvasia from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2012 Front Label
          Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2012
          Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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            Malvasia from Rioja, Spain
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            • Burja Estate Petite Burja Malvasia 2012 Front Label
              Burja Estate Petite Burja Malvasia 2012
              Malvasia from Slovenia
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                I Clivi Colli Orientali del Friuli Vecchia Vigna ai Clivi Malvasia 2012
                Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Luretta Colli Piacentini Boccadirosa Malvasia 2012 Front Label
                  Luretta Colli Piacentini Boccadirosa Malvasia 2012
                  Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                  • Baron Villagrande Malvasia delle Lipari 2012 Front Label
                    Baron Villagrande Malvasia delle Lipari 2012
                    Malvasia from Sicily, Italy
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                    • Monte delle Vigne Emilia-Romagna Callas Malvasia 2012 Front Label
                      Monte delle Vigne Emilia-Romagna Callas Malvasia 2012
                      Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                      • Az. Agricola Dario Raccaro Collio Malvasia 2012 Front Label
                        Az. Agricola Dario Raccaro Collio Malvasia 2012
                        Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                        • Terras do Domo Espumante Bruto Malvasia Fina 2012 Front Label
                          Terras do Domo Espumante Bruto Malvasia Fina 2012
                          Malvasia from Portugal
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                            Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                              Leone de Castris Salento Donna Lisa Malvasia Bianca 2012
                              Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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                                Ronco dei Tassi Collio Goriziano Malvasia 2012
                                Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                  Casali Viticultori Emilia Acaja Dolce Malvasia 2012
                                  Malvasia from Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                                  • Guerra Albano Colli Orientali del Friuli Malvasia 2012 Front Label
                                    Guerra Albano Colli Orientali del Friuli Malvasia 2012
                                    Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                      Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                        Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2012
                                        Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                          Le Vigne de Zamo Colli Orientali del Friuli Malvasia 2012
                                          Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                            Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2012
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                                              Il Carpino Collio Vigna Runc Malvasia 2012
                                              Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                              • Kenneth Volk San Bernabe Vineyards Malvasia Bianca 2012 Front Label
                                                Kenneth Volk San Bernabe Vineyards Malvasia Bianca 2012
                                                Malvasia from San Bernabe, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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