Malvasia di Lipari

The Malvasia di Lipari grape variety is an ancient varietal from the Aeolian Islands of Lipari and Salina off the coast of Sicily. The Italian varieties Malvasia di Lipari, Malvasia di Sardegna and Greco Bianco di Gerace plus Malvasía de Sitges (Spain), Malvasia Cândida (Madeira) and Malvasija Dubrovačka (Croatia), previously believed to be distinct cultivars, are infact one and the same variety.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Malvasia di Lipari produces white wines that are pale yellow in colour with hint of green, and a light, dry body. Its aroma is intensely floral, with hints of ripe fruit and a delicate almond note. On the palate the wine is fresh and vibrant with a slight herbal note and a long finish.

Fresh Malvasia di Lipari grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Malvasia di Lipari is primarily grown in the Sicilian islands of Lipari and Salina, where it is the main white grape variety. It is also grown in small quantities on the mainland in Sicily and Calabria. Malvasia di Lipari is a vigorous variety that is best suited to warm climates. Best pruned long. Susceptible to powdery mildew and at risk from spring frosts. Early budding, late ripening. It is capable of producing highly aromatic wines and careful vineyard management is important. It is usually made as a varietal wine but can also be blended with other white grape varieties. In Sicily, Malvasia di Lipari is usually made in a light, dry style, but there are also sweeter variants that can be lightly sparkling. On the mainland, the wines tend to have higher alcohol and more body, with a greater presence of fruit and floral aromas. Malvasia di Lipari is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes. The light, fresh style pairs well with seafood and grilled vegetables, while the richer styles can handle spicier dishes. It also makes a great aperitif.

Foods to pair with Malvasia di Lipari:

Light meat
Fun Fact about Malvasia di Lipari
Malvasia di Lipari is thought to be one of the oldest grape varieties in Sicily and has been grown in the islands since ancient times. It is believed to be the same variety as Malvasia delle Lipari, which was mentioned by the Greek philosopher Aristotle.

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