Malvasia is the name that denotes different vines, mostly white and not always related to each other.The reasons are to be found in history, in the port city of the Peloponnese called Malvasia in Italian and Monemvasia in Greek, which in ancient times was a crossroads for Mediterranean wines. From there thesewines arrived in Europe by ship, and of course the Venetians played a key role in this trade. In Venice the word “malvasia” ended up identifying shopswhere “navigated” wines, that is imported wines, were sold, and gradually becamesynonymous with sweet and aromatic wine.
The commercial success of the Malvasia family led many producers to create similar wines from different grape varieties, and this explains why there are so many varieties with the same name today. Among these two rarities stand out: Malvasia Nera di Brindisi and Malvasia Nera di Lecce, native Apulian cultivars from which superb wines are derived.
Our family has a special bond with Malvasia Nera. In fact, we have always used it to produce a rosé for our personal use, recently marketed under the name of Malìa Rosa.
Malìa, a pure black Malvasia, instead originates from an inspiration. In our ancient cellar, among other things, we keep some nineteenth-century bottles of Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera in purity.
We therefore decided in 2000 to resume this once elite production for in 1988 we had dedicated several hectares of our estate to the vine.
Malvasianera was and still is usually planted together with the Negroamaro in a percentage of 15-20% making the selection difficult during the harvest for which it was a rare wine.
Finally, we decided to celebrate the nine centuries of our family’s business with 900 Malvasianera, a surprising long-aged and particularly fine wine.