||The origins of Istrian Malvasia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia date back to the Republic of Venice, precisely to the 13th century. We suppose, in fact, that this grape variety was typical of the Hellenic peninsula, in particular of a town in the Peloponnese still existing today and then called Monembasia or Monovaxia. The literal meaning of this word is “port with a single entry”; the name then degenerated into Malfasia and was italianized in Malvasia. In the actual North-eastern Italy, at that time part of La Serenissima, the quantity of wine produced was not sufficient to satisfy the population’s demand, mainly because the grape varieties were not particularly productive. The Venetians then entered the Peloponnesian region and started transporting Malvasia’s vines, rather profitable in quantity, to Istria and Friuli, passing through Dalmatia.
||The grapes were picked and de-stemmed on September 19th.
||The must was then left on the skins for 20 hours at a temperature of 10-12 °C in tanks especially designed to protect it from oxygen by using recycled carbon dioxide from the ﬁrst fermentation, in order to avoid using high levels of antioxidants.
||Subsequently, 60% of the must fermented and aged on the lees for 5 months in 20-27 hl barrels and the remaining part in stainless steel vats.
||Fish appetizers, canapés and white meat. Extraordinary with mixed fried fish, seafood, shellfish and sea crudités.
||Price Venica Malvasia Pètris 2019 € 15.77