Malvasia: a journey through History and Culture

Malvasia, a renowned grape variety, has its roots deep in oenological history, dating back to ancient times when Mediterranean trade routes favoured its spread along the coast. Originating in the Adriatic regions, Malvasia won the hearts of merchants and rulers with its characteristic aromatic bouquet and oenological versatility, becoming a symbol of prestige and refinement.

During the period of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, the island of Candia, present-day Crete, became an important centre of Malvasia production. The Venetian presence on the island ensured careful control over the production and trade of this fine wine, which was exported throughout Europe thanks to the Republic’s trade routes.
Pietro Querini, in fact, left the Port of Candia in 1431 in the direction of Flanders to trade various goods including Malvasia.

Malvasia is not just a wine, however, but a cultural element: for centuries, Malvasia has accompanied the most important celebrations and festive occasions, becoming an integral part of the social and cultural life of the communities that grow and appreciate its grapes.

Today, Malvasia continues to be a beloved and respected cultural drink, a symbol of tradition and identity for the communities that preserve its production and tasting.