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Italian wine and grape guide : Malvasia di Casorzo

Malvasia di Casorzo

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 so, that Venice was full of taverns designed for its consumption named Malvase.

Another document of those years quotes the wine “malvaticus”, made with black Malvasia, produced in Cyprus and also marketed in 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. Malvasia di Casorzo is also a sweet and aromatic DOC red wine made with at least 90% of the same grapes and the remaining can be Freisa, Grignolino or Barbera. The wine color ranges from cherry to ruby red and is also made in the sparkling version as well as 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 its production is not regular, it is inconsistent, partly because of the very sparse cluster that sometimes determines a sharp decline in yields.

The grape Malvasia di Casorzo produces slightly aromatic wines with a fine and intense nose, balanced.

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