The white grape variety comes from Croatia. Synonyms are grouped alphabetically by country White Malvasia, White Malvasia of Istria ( Germany. Austria ); White Malvoisie from Istria ( England ); Malvoisie de Istrie, Malvoisie d'Istrie Blanche ( France ); Casasola, Malvasia del Carso, Malvasia di Ronchi, Malvasia Friulana, Malvasia lstriana, Malvasia nostrale, Malvasia puntinata ( Italy ); Istarska Malvazija, Malvazija, Malvazija Istarska Bijela, Vrbic, Vrbic Bijeli Croatia ); Istrska Malvazija, Polijšakica Drnovk ( Slovenia ). It is one of the many mostly unrelated varieties with name part Malvasia (look there). According to 2007 done DNA analysis is genetically closely related to the varieties Malvasia Bianca Lunga. Malvasia di Lipari (Croatian Malvasija Dubrovacka) and Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, The variety was crossing partner of Vega,
As some names suggest, it is probably from the Croatian peninsula of Istria, where it has probably been cultivated for centuries. A suspected Greek origin could not be confirmed by comparisons with Greek varieties. The medium to late-ripening, high yielding vine is prone to real mildew, It produces spicy, alcohol-rich white wines with moderate acidity and aromas of honey.
In Croatia It is distributed along the coast from Istria to Dalmatia and occupies 1,705 hectares. In Italy she will be in the regions Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto grown and is in the DOC wines Carso. Colli Orientali del Friuli. Collio Goriziano. Friuli Annia. Friuli Aquileia. Friuli Isonzo and Friuli Latisana authorized. Here she occupies a total of 296 hectares of vineyards. In Slovenia it is cultivated on 740 hectares. In 2010, a total of 2,740 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service