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Malvasia del Lazio


White varieties belonging to the large family of Malvasia. It is sometimes mistakenly been confused with the Malvasia di Candia and that of Chianti. Found mainly in the Castelli Romani area has been described by Malvasia as Mengarini in 1888, but may have been already identified dall'Acerbi in 1825. It 'also known as Malvasia pimpled, Malvasia kind, and Malvasia Malvasia nostrale the dot. His remarkable sensitivity to most diseases of the vine, has prompted many manufacturers to replace it with the strongest Malvasia di Candia, but the quality much lower. Today is gradually making a major replanting of this grape, with the aim of improving the quality of white wines from Lazio. It is now rare to find excellent wines made exclusively from Malvasia del Lazio.


Wine regions

Follows, by region, a list of all DOC and DOCG where use is permitted of this vine.

Lazio :

 - White Capena - max. 55%
 - Castelli Romani - 70 ÷ 100%
 - Cerveteri - max. 35%
 - Colli Albani - max. 60%
 - Colli della Sabina - min. 40%
 - Etruscan Viterbo Hills - Max. 30%
 - Marino - min. 85% (with mention of the vine)
 - Montecompatri Column - max. 70%
 - Tarquinia - max. 35%
 - Zagarolo - max. 70%

Abruzzo :

 - Controguerra - min. 85% (with mention of the vine)



Viticulture and winemaking

Environmental and cultural characteristics and needs :

Its leaf is medium to large, orbicular, lobed or five-lobed; bunch medium to large, pyramidal and winged, sometimes conical, semi-tight or loose in case of leaking; berry medium, spheroidal, with an average of waxy skin and firm, yellowish with punctuation and brown spots, and the pulp has a simple flavor. It prefers hilly terrain, well exposed, medium expansion of farming systems, with regular pruning. It has good production and constant.

Diseases and adversity :

It 's very sensitive to powdery mildew and downy mildew, but tolerates little fungal diseases in general. May be subject to leaking.





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