mal·​va·​sia ˌmal-və-ˈzē-ə How to pronounce malvasia (audio)
often capitalized
: a medium to large cultivated grape of Mediterranean regions that is often blended with other grape varieties to produce aromatic dry or sweet wines

Examples of malvasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For his part in a plot against Edward’s reign, George was drowned in what Penn clarifies as a sweet Greek wine called malvasia. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2020 This lovely white is a blend of riesling (which contributes acidity), malvasia (aromatics) and chardonnay (body). Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 7 June 2019 Everything about growing the ramisco and malvasia grapes is hard work. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2017 Cheap Madeira is generally made out of a blend of grapes, but the best bottles tend to come from four principal grapes in ascending order from driest to sweetest: sercial, verdelho, bual and malmsey, which is better known elsewhere as malvasia. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2016

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Word History


Italian, a sweet wine, from Modern Greek Monobasia Monemvasia, village in Greece

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malvasia was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Malvasia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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