The grape Malvasia di Casorzo, like other black Malvasia grapes, belongs to the family whose name comes from a variation of Monembasia, a Byzantine stronghold rooted on the rocks of a promontory situated in the south of the Peloponnese, where sweet wines were produced and then exported throughout Europe by the Venetians with the name of Monemvasia. The wine made from this variety had become extremely popular, so much that Venice was full of taverns named Malvase, designed for its consumption.
Another document of those years quoted wine “malvaticus”, it was the Black berry Malvasia, produced in Cyprus and also marketed in the Piedmont. In 1468 in Mondonio there was the first mention of Malvasia vineyards.
The vine Malvasia di Casorzo is cultivated in the municipality of Casorzo in the province of Asti. The grapes for this wine are competing for 90% of the composition of a sweet red wine DOC and aromatic, appropriately called Malvasia di Casorzo. The rest can be varieties of Freisa, Grignolino and Barbera.
The wine color ranges from cherry red to ruby red and is also made in the sparkling version and a velvety sweet version. The Malvasia di Casorzo is an aromatic Malvasia black grape.
Its berry is black, medium, and ellipsoidal with waxy, blue skin. The bunch is Medium, cylindrical, with wings, very sparse with a medium, pentagonal leaf.
The grape Malvasia di Casorzo has medium vigor and time of average maturity. Its production is not very regular, it is inconsistent, partly because of the very sparse cluster that sometimes determines a sharp decline in yields.
The grape Malvasia di Casorzo gives a clear garnet red colored wine, with slightly aromatic fragrances, fine and intense, of tannic and balanced flavor.