The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Malvasia Aromatica di Candia, Malvasia Bianca Aromatica, Malvasia di Alessandria, Malvasia di Candia a Sapore Moscato and Malvasia di Candida. It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with the name part Malvasia (see there). Candia is an old name for the island of Crete, but there is no genetic evidence for a presumed origin. However, it is still cultivated there today. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2007, it is closely related to the variety Malvasia di Casorzo. Malvasia di Candia Aromatica is not a flavour mutation of the variety Malvasia Bianca di Candia. Malvasia Rosa, which was discovered in 1967 and exists in small quantities, is a colour mutation.
The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to downy mildew. The berries show a discreet muscatite. It produces aromatic white wines and is also used as a table grape. The variety is mainly cultivated in the Emilia-Romagna region and is registered there in the DOC wines Colli di Parma, Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa and Colli Piacentini. It is also grown in Lombardy, where it is present in pure DOC Oltrepò Pavese, and in Campania in DOC Sannio. In 2010, 895 hectares were registered in Italy, with a strong downward trend (ten years earlier, the figure was 1,643 hectares). The variety is also said to be grown in Greece, but no stocks were recorded in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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