Hello wine lovers!
Well, as mentioned in my previous post the Malvazija tour started and I’m hearing some great responses, and because of the forthcoming Malvazija festival I’ll dedicate the month of March to this white variety. In fact I’ll start right away…
You’ll find it also under these names: Malvazija bela, Malvasia, Malvasia d’Istria bianca, Malvasie blanche… In Slovenia it represents a variety of white wine and is mostly grown in Slovene Istria, you’ll also find it in Karst, Goriška Brda and Vipavska valley districts. Malvazija wine is also produced in Italy, Croatia, Corsica, the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands, the island of Madeira, California, Australia and Brazil. Grapes are used to produce white, more rarely red wines, dessert wines and fortified wines of the same name. Sometimes are used as part of a blend of grapes such as in Vin Santo.
It is believed that the vine is of ancient origin, most likely originating in Greece. It is said that its name is given after a medieval fortress named Monemvasia, which was situated on a small peninsula off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Laconia. During the Middle Ages, the Venetians would become so prolific in the trading of “Malvasia wine” that merchant wine shops in Venice were known as malvasie. There’s also a competing theory, which says that the name is derived from the district of Malevizi, near the city of Heraklion on Crete.
The grape is of a bit curvy and explicitly cylindrical shape and usually long about 15 – 20 cm. The berry is of a fairly yellow color, when full grown it gets golden nuances.
Malvazija wine is dry of a golden yellow color with a distinct quite intense herbal or fruity buquet of grown fruit, banana, acacia flower, … It is of a fresh, full bodied and usually balanced palate with quite an aftertaste. In good vintages also a dessert wine is produced of it, named Mištela. It is said that that the most varietal Malvazija is to be found in the continental part of Slovene Istria Labor.
Well I hope the article was useful and you enjoyed it. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.