Malvasia is a name given to a group of often unrelated grape varieties grown throughout the Mediterranean. Legend has it that it may well have been the first grape domesticated by humans, back in the Fertile Crescent.

In our Valladares Vineyard, we have planted Malvasia Bianca di Piemonte, which was brought to Sonoma County by early Italian immigrants. While the grape has lost holdings in its native Piemonte, it has found a new home in California, where acreage is growing as winemakers are drawn to the intense tropical nose and richly textured wines the grape gives.