This grape has the distinct honor of being one of the most oft-planted vines both in Italy and the world. It is one of the most ancient, as far as Italian varieties go, and is believed by many to be a member of the Muscat grape family.

The vine produces lush and full bunches of small, greenish-yellow grapes (for image, see URL in sources below). The Malvasia Bianca isn't suited for raisin-making; rather, it is widely grown for vinification. The wines produced from it run the gamut where acidity, sweetness, and color are concerned, being used in everything from sweet dessert wines to crisp, extra-sec white wines.

Like all members of the Muscat family, Malvasia Bianca possess the earthy, spicy musk odor, although, compared with its brethren, it isn't nearly as potent.

It can be found blended with many other Muscats, such as Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains or Orange Muscat, or with non-relatives such as Chardonnay and Chianti. Just as frequently, it can be found in a 100% varietal.

Wines

  • Currently, I either haven't had a chance to try these, or it's been so long I couldn't write an accurate analysis. They're on my list, and after sampling them (or sampling them again), they will be noded.
  • Bonny Doon Vineyards Ca' Del Solo Malvasia Bianca
  • Bonny Doon Vineyards Ca' Del Solo Moscato del Solo
  • Bonny Doon Vineyards Muscat Vin De Glaciere
  • La Famiglia Moscato Bianco

Aliases

Moscato greco, Greek Muscat


Sources

  • (IMAGE) http://www.lavinium.com/images/malvac1.jpg
  • http://eat.epicurious.com/
  • http://www.aboutwines.com/
  • http://www.cookeryonline.com/
  • http://www.winespectator.com/

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