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Malvasia is really a family of grapes including Malvasia Bianca and Malvasia Nera.  The most widely used is the Malvasia Bianca.  It can produce wines in a wide variety of styles ranging from very dry to very sweet.  In any form, the wines have aromas of pears and spice with fresh fruity flavors.  In some cases, Malvasia is used to make very rich flavored dessert wines by drying the grapes before crushing.  This method allows the sugars and flavors to be concentrated as the water in the grapes evaporates.

Malvasia is planted widely in Italy and around the world.  It performs best where it gets good exposure to the sun and where the soils drain well.  Other than the dessert wine variations, Malvasia wines do not age well and should be consumed quickly.