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Malvasia Nera di Basilicata

The red grape variety (also Malvasia Nera) comes from Italy, It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with part of the name Malvasia (look there). According to DNA analysis it is not, as one might assume, a color mutation of the white variety Malvasia Bianca di Basilicata (or the other way around). There are morphological Similarities to the variety Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, The medium maturing vine is resistant to both Mildew diseases and Botrytis, It produces aromatic red wines with a rather moderate alcohol and acidity. The variety is said to be from Apulia in the Basilicata come where it is grown and used as a blend in the provinces of Matera and Potenza. It is approved in DOC wines Grottino di Roccanova. Terre dell'Alta Val d'Agri and Terra d'Otranto, The area under cultivation in 2010 was 114 hectares with a rapidly decreasing trend (ten years earlier it was 754 hectares).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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