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Malvasia Secco (Italy)

Malvasia Secco (Dry) is predominantly found in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Sweet Malvasia is found in Toscana, Lazio, Sicilia, and Sardinia.

Typical Flavors


Orange Zest
Orange Zest
Peach
Peach
Apricot
Apricot
Jasmine
Jasmine

Guava
Guava
Pineapple
Pineapple
Herbs
Herbs
Volcanic
Volcanic

Oak Added Flavors


Vanilla
Vanilla
Spices
Spices
Pepper
Pepper
Nuts
Hazelnuts

Cold climate flavors are Citrus, Yellow Fruit and Floral.

Warm climate flavors are more Tropical.

Profile

Dry Malvasia tends to have good fruit, good acidity, and mineral notes:

SUGARDry
BODYLight
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)
Off-Dry 6-8°C (43-46°F)

Food Pairing


Salads
Salads
Vegetables
Vegetables
Asparagus
Asparagus
Seafood
Seafood

Pasta
Pasta
Fish
Fish
Chicken
Chicken
Risotto
Risotto

Malvasia is also a very good Aperitif.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Salads. Grilled Vegetables.
Shellfish. Crab. Lobster.
Seafood. Grilled Fish.
Sushi. Sashimi.
Paella. Pasta. Risotto. Rice.
White Meat. Chicken. Fowl.

Cheese:
Fresh Cheese. Goat.

If You Like Malvasia Secco

You May Also Like:

Arneis (Italy)
Chenin Blanc Dry (France)
Douro Branco (Portugal)
Etna Bianco (Italy)
Falangina (Italy)
Fiano (Italy)
Kerner (Germany)
Riesling (Alsace, France)
Rousette (France)
Roupeiro (Portugal)
Vermentino (Italy)
Verdicchio (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for a dry white wine.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

Malvasia Istriana

In Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Dry Malvasia is also known as Malvasia Istriana.

The name comes from the Istria peninsula (parts of Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia).

DOC regions are Collio DOC and Isonzo DOC. In the Colli Piacentini region of Emilia it is also used to make the sparkling wine locally named Champagnino ("little champagne").

Malvasia Secco

In Sardinia, Dry Malvasia is best known as Malvasia Secco.

DOC regions are Malvasia di Bosa di Sardegna, Malvasia di Cagliari.

Sweet Malvasia

The Malvasia delle Lipari variety from the volcanic Aeolian Islands of Sicily is a sweet (150 g/l sugar) wine known for its distinctive orange notes.

In Toscana, Malvasia is used to produce Vin Santo.

Sweet Malvasia from Sardinia is known as Malvasia di Bosa and Malvasia di Planargia.

Sweet Malvasia from Lazio is called Malvasia di Grottaferratao.

Malvasia Red Wine

Malvasia Nera is a red wine variety primarily used as a blending grape, because of the color and aromas it can add to a wine (black plum, rich chocolate, and floral aromas). In Puglia it is blended with Negroamaro. In Toscana it can be a blending grape in Chianti.

Malvasia in the World

Malvasia wines are produced in:

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