History of the Malvasia
Malvasia in Piacenza means Malvasia Bianca di Candia aromatica (aromatic white malmsey of Crete) and is one of the 17 varieties of the large Malvasia family (including white, black and pink grapes).
Monemvasia was an important harbor from where many wines (from the Peloponnese, Rhodes, Crete and other islands), produced from raisened grapes, were shipped. Over time, all the wines shipped from the island were known as Malvasia even though they were very different from one another.
During the Middle Age, from Monemvasia many wines were shipped. From the second half of the 13th Century, the Venice Republic ships transported and sold the Crete wine in the Mediterranean Sea and in Northern Europe.
When the variety arrived in Piacenza is not precisely known but the name is reported in the Annali dell’Agricoltura del Regno d’Italia di Filippo Re, in 1813.
At the beginning of the 1960s, it is the most cultivated white grape variety in Piacenza, with a 40% share. The Malvasia is not as widespread in Parma and in Reggio Emilia because the Colli Piacentini are still the ideal habitat, where around 700ht are dedicated to it.