Wine region: Vipava Valley
Variety: 100% malvasia istriana
Maceration: 1 night
Maturation: fermented in stainless steel tanks, 10% in barrels that are made of both oak and acacia wood
The Malvasia family of grapes are, according to researchers, of ancient origin. Although it is grown historically all over the Mediterranean region, the Malvasia family of grapes most likely originates from Greece, from a town called Monemvasia, which used to be a trading centre for wine. Malvazija (sl.) or Malvasia Istriana (it.) is one of the varieties from the Malvasia family. It was brought to the northern Adriatic coasts by the Venetians, it stayed here and got the name “Istriana” or “Istarska” after the peninsula of Istria (now part of Croatia and part of Slovenia; in the past part of Italy).
This semi-aromatic variety has golden-yellow grapes when fully ripe. Depending on ripeness the range of aromas can develop towards fruity aromas, like apricot and apple; or towards more floral aromas, like acacia flowers, or towards almond aromas when overripe.
At Lepa Vida, malvasia is the backbone of our white wine production and Matija’s favourite variety. It covers more than one third of our vineyards and is included in 3 of our wines.
Our single variety malvasia is made of fully ripened malvasia grapes, macerated for one night and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. From 2015, at least 10% of single variety malvasia is matured in barrels that are made of both oak and acacia wood, to truly bring out the ripe characteristics of malvasia.