Definition of Malvasia in US English:



  • A variety of grape used to make white and red wines, especially in Italy.

    • ‘When made into dry white wine, Malvasia grapes can produce wines full in body with fragrant aromas.’
    • ‘He ripped these vineyards out and planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malvasia, and Semillon.’
    • ‘I dreamed of tasting a white made from the Malvasia, Trebbiano or Ortrugo grapes.’
    • ‘Fruity and headily aromatic, Malvasia makes memorable dessert wines, and may be best known in modern times as Malmsey, the English-accented moniker that the British gave it in Madeira.’
    • ‘Orvieto, as a wine, comes from the grapes of the Procanico, Verdello, Malvasia, Grechetto and Drupeggio varieties.’


Italian form of the place name Monemvasia, in the Peloponnese (see malmsey).