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Malvasia Nera

International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

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.