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Marsigliana grapes

by | Jan 17, 2017

Marsigliana is a red wine producing grape variety grown in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It is popularly known by the name Magliocco Dolce.


With its features and properties Marsigliana grape is often confused with a number of other grapes. Mostly Gaglioppo variety is thought to be the same as Marsigliana grape, but experiments have shown that the grape are very different although they look the same.

The wines made from the grape are dry and have high tannins. The late ripening feature of the grape makes it prone to some diseases.

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Finding the variety outside the Calabria region is almost impossible to find now. A few years earlier, in the early 21st century the grape might have been found growing in the regions.

A census in 2000 showed that about 616 acres of land were planted with the Marsigliana grape variety!

Origin of Marsigliana grapes

Marsigliana grape was first mentioned in the late 15th century by the name Magliocca in Calabria region. A number of grapes fell into the name Magliocca so which variety among those grapes was mentioned was not confirmed.

In Greek, Magliocco refers to tender knot which could mean that Magliocco Dolce could have been originated in Greece.

Theories and experiments done in the 21st century clearly stated that the grape originated in southern Italy itself. Since the grape is known to have a number of synonyms, there were a large number of theories stating the origin of the grape.

With the name Arvino, it was believed that the grape originated in Lago Arvo situated in the La Sila plateau. The production of the grape in the region has gone down with the upcoming of many grapes having a better yield and early ripening which save them from diseases. To keep the grape alive, the production should not go down any further!

Features of Marsigliana Wines

Marsigliana grape is a late ripening variety. The skin of the berries is very thick due to which the berries of the grape reach to its maximum ripening very late which makes it prone to some of the viticulture hazards such as powdery mildew.

The wines made from the grape have high tannins. The grape looks very familiar to Gaglioppo which is also grown popularly in the region.

Other varieties with which the grape is often confused with are Magliocco Canino, Nocera and Castiglione. High tannins of the wine give it a deep ruby red colour which attracts a number of wine tasters towards itself.

Although the taste of the wine is not very unique, the wine is still sold popularly in the markets of Calabria as the people have been consuming the wine for a number of years.

Food Pairing with Marsigliana wines

Dry wines blended with Marsiglianagrape can be served with salads or with exotic dishes such as sushi. It can also go well with savoury tarts.

If the wines are sweet, it may be served with blue cheese or with nut-based desserts. It also tastes well with apricot tart. It suits the best with lime pie.

They can also be enjoyed with Korean dishes like, Korean pancakes. This wine is complementary with all of the Greek cuisines. This wine is best taken with anything briny or salty. That green curry will enhance the flavour of the wine.

Cauliflower puree with olives, raisins and capers enhances its taste greatly. Sushi is another food item which goes with this wine variety. Salted peanuts and olive salad can also be served.

There had been a gradual decrease in the use and production of the grape and so it is very important to motivate the crop so as to keep it alive in the record of red wine making grapes.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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