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A variety of grape cultivated especially in Italy that is used to make white and red wines.

[Italian, from Medieval Latin malvasia; see malmsey.]


1. (Brewing) another word for malmsey
2. (Brewing) the type of grape used to make malmsey
[C19: from Italian, from Greek Monembasia; see malmsey]
ˌMalvaˈsian adj
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Noun1.Malvasia - used to make malmsey winemalvasia - used to make malmsey wine    
malmsey - sweet Madeira wine
common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape, Vitis vinifera - common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
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Varieties tested: Vitis vinifera--Arneis, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Durif, Gamay Noir, Kerner, Lagrein, Malbec, Malvasia Bianca, Merlot, Pinotage, Rotberger, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Siegerrebe, Syrah, Tempranillo, Teroldego; and Vitis sp.
Ruby Cabernet and a touch of Malvasia Bianca are showcased in the blend for their ability to thrive in our climate and make consistently high-quality wine.
To heighten the fruit, this accessible white blends chardonnay juice with 10 percent chenin blanc, 4 percent malvasia bianca and 2 percent viognier.
BRS Lorena Malvasia Bianca X Seival BRS Rubea Niagara Rosada X Bordo Burger Heunisch x (Vitis sylvestris x Traminer) Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc X Sauvignon Blanc1 Campanario Camarate Preto X Fernao Pires Carignane Castelao Chasselas Dore Chenin Blanc Cinsaut Colombard Heunisch Weiss X Chenin Blanc Feher Szagos Flora Semillon X Traminer Gamay Pinot x Heunisch Weiss Gamay Beaujolais Gewurztraminer Grand Noir Aramon X Petit Bouschet Grenache Lassif Malvasia Branca Malvasia Chartrense Malvasia di Lipari Mars Island belle X A1339 Moscato Embrapa Couderc 13 X July Muscat Moscato di Canelli Muscat de Alexandria X ?
Grechetto, Trebbiano, Garganega, Malvasia Bianca, Pecorino (isn't that a cheese?
Varietals planted at Pope Creek include chardonnay, viognier, malvasia bianca, and french columbard.