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Malvar grapes

by | Jan 19, 2017

The wines made from the Malvar grape was popular among people who loved tasting wines with strong aromas or having a high acidic content.


Malvar is a white wine producing grape variety grown in Madrid region in Spain. The grape is used to produce medium bodied white wines in the region for a number of years.

The grape also has a long ripening period which is common for any variety growing in Spain yet the production of the grape is not so high.

Madrid’s winemaking reputation suffered a downfall few years ago and as the lost reputation is being regained by the winemakers, the demand from Malvar grape is also considered to grow.

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If not in the local market the grape is blatant to excel in the export market, mainly in China.

The region must not stop cultivating the grape just based on the fact that the demand for it has been going down to as low as 2% in Spain.

Experiments on improving the quality and using it with other varieties to make wines with strong aroma and better taste are now being done to help the grape make its position permanent in wine markets all over the world.

Origin of Malvar grapes

Towards the late 20th century, about 6200 acres of land were planted with Malvar grape variety. The grape is not very famous even in the Madrid region even though the characters are stronger than one of the most widely planted grape varieties, Airén.

The main attraction was its low cost and high aromatic characters. Due to this less popular character of the grape no details about how the grape came to Madrid or where it was first mentioned is still not known.

The production of the grape is slightly going high as the grape is being made familiar to other regions and also in export markets.

Features of Malvar Wine

The berries of the Malvar grape ripen in the late season, which is not a very big problem in Spain. Malvar grape is usually grown at high altitudes. This ensures that the grape has enough acidity to keep it refreshing.

Wines made from Malvar grape are said to have more prominent flavour and aroma than Airén, which is another popular variety growing in Madrid.

The wine gives out aroma and flavours of tropical fruits once the crushing and vinification process is completed. The wines are medium bodied but have a high acidic content.

The price of wines made from the Malvar grape was not kept very high, which is the reason it was started to be sold on a slightly higher rate.

Food Pairing with Malvar wines

The wines made from Malvar grape variety have a high acidity making it easy to be paired with almost all food items. You can enjoy the flavour of the wine with roasted cheese with thyme-infused stuffing.

It can also be enjoyed with sheep’s milk cheese and potato chips. Salted dishes and sushi are among the dishes which can be enjoyed with Malvar grape wine.

Potato pancakes are often taken with this wine. Spaghetti can be taken with this wine. It is also possible to consume the wine without taking in any other food item.

The flavours are not so high that you will need to neutralise it. The grape has been in the records of Spain grapes since many years and is still being planted in a number of areas in Madrid proving that the grape has its own role in the art of wine making.

The quality of dry wines made from this grape is very high and should therefore be at least tasted once in a lifetime.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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