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Malvasia del Lazio

The white grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms include Malvasia col Puntino, Malvasia Gentile, Malvasia Nostrale and Malvasia Puntinata. It is one of the many varieties with the name part Malvasia. It must not be confused with the variety Malvasia Bianca di Piemonte, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities. The parentage is unknown. The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to both powdery mildew and botrytis. The berries have small dots (punti = dot, to which the name part "puntinata" refers) typical for the variety as well as a discreet muscat tone. It produces rather simple floral white wines with aromas of exotic fruits. These are also suitable for the production of noble sweet wines. The variety is mainly grown in the Latium region, where it is often blended with Trebbiano varieties and Malvasia Bianca di Candia. It is permitted in the DOC wines Bianco Capena, Castelli Romani, Cerveteri, Colli Albani, Colli della Sabina, Colli Etruschi Viterbesi, Colli Lanuvini, Cori, Frascati, Marino, Roma and Tarquinia. There are also small populations in Abruzzo. The variety still occupied 2,366 hectares of vineyards in 2000; however, only 680 hectares were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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