Regional Varieties: Baga Barbera Blaufränkisch Brachetto Carignan Carménère Cinsaut Dolcetto Gamay Graciano Lagrein Malvasia Nera Marzemino Montepulciano Mourvèdre Nero d'Avola Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Pinot Meunier Pinotage Touriga Nacional
The most common grape named Malvasia is a white variety. However, the Italian Malvasia Nera makes red wines. Malvasia Nera, which is most common in Italy, is occasionally used as a varietal in Piedmont. The grape requires dry soil, which Piedmont provides, and unusual chocolatey flavors with black plum and floral notes can emerge from the best Piedmont Malvasia Nera wines. Outside of Piedmont, the grape is mostly used for blending, to add sweetness and depth to other wines. The grape has been sinking in popularity since the 1980s, as international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon are more often blended with Sangiovese in Tuscany.