Malvasia of Sitges

Malvasia of Sitges

There are historical references from the 1300s that describe the existence in Garraf of malvasia vineyards and malvasia wine as a continuation of Greek malvasia or Candia. The name comes from the Latin form of the city of Monemvasia (Malvasia), on the coast of the Aegean Sea, in southern Greece, from where it appears to have been imported.

Drinks (wine, cava, spirits, beers)

Mainly native to a white vine variety, the Malvasia grape is small and not very compact. With coarse grain and tender meat, it harbors sweetness and is aromatic. Despite coming from a variety of white vines, we also find a red submanifold, whereby the Malvasia grape gives its name to a wide range of white wines.

Malvasia wine is presented as a liquorous, white, sweet, fragrant and high graduation wine. In the Middle Ages it was supposed to have medicinal and tonic properties. It is a historical variety of the land, which is already cited in the chivalric novel 'Tirant lo Blanc'. The danger of extinction of malvasia grapes in the nineteenth century led the Sitgetan diplomat Manuel Llopis i Casades to bring to the Hospital de Sant Joan Baptista a vineyard located in Aiguadolç and the family business of making malvasia. Thanks to this legacy, the Malvasia variety still survives today in Sitges, through the Sant Joan Baptista Hospital Foundation.



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Complementary information

It is sold bottled in wineries in Sitges.

Attributes and nutritional properties

Sweet wine is a variety of wine with a higher concentration of sugars. There are several types of sweet wine, such as Muscat, made from Muscat grapes; ratafia, from the maceration of green walnuts, or mistela, which is obtained by adding alcohol to the must wine. However, sweet wine remains a wine and therefore retains the same properties. A feature of wine is the high concentration of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols. We must also think that sweet wine is an alcoholic beverage, and that its consumption should be limited and discouraged for certain people.