More acidic and more aromatic than the white Malvasia, Malvasia di Candia to give dry, and sweet wines in the Peloponnese, northern Greece, but especially in Crete. Is back on track, offering real anthosmia, the particular clone of this fragrance Malvasia. Golden color and aromas of almond and apricot. Whether alone or as a dominant component of white blends, the Malvasia di Candia wins wine lovers from the first sip.
At Domaine ZACHARIOUDAKIS has combined with Vilana and gave a very special white Cretan wine, KODIX. Are available and the SWEET wine of our Domaine from 100% Malvasia di Candia Aromatica.
The name Malvasia wine is Latin, similar to the medieval siege engine or Malvesin Malvisin (Mali vicini = bad neighbors) and Castel Malvesin (Fort Malevizi) in the village of Keramoutsi district Malevizi Heraklion. The made in Malevizi Malvasia wine they made the Cretans in the area around Fort Malvesin from the time of the Genoese Pescatore who built before the 13th century. The cultivation of the variety or varieties Malvasia rapidly expanded in the areas of the fort until today Heraklion and Knossos. In 1415 the “vine of the prosperous and excellent Malvasia cultivated throughout the above region, gave such a wine for which the ship arrived in the port city of Candia from all parts of the world to load every year at least 20,000 barrels of excellent wine quality “(Chr Bouontelmonti” Descriplio Insule, Krete 1415″).
At that time, the current area of Monemvasia (for which there is much talk about the origin of the name of the variety) belonged to Paleologos, which means that none of the wines of this region could have a Latin name. Observing historical maps, early 1486 (Benaki Museum No. 24804) did not find any name related to Malvasia throughout the Peloponnesus, or the map of Ortelius made around 1600 (Benaki Museum No. 26774) does not appear any place on called Malvasia. Instead, all maps show the province Malevizi, called Castel Malvesin or Malvisin, which has always thrived on the vine varieties famous worldwide. Of the 60,000 barrels were exported from Crete in the late 16th century (Venetian Report Foscarini) greater involvement were the “Malvasia and the Muscat, which speak of the older poets.
Crete was like today (1834) Portugal … The Duke of Clarence was drowned in a barrel of wine
Malvasia of Crete in 1478 “(R. Pasley” Travels “, Ed. Vikelaia books. Volume A p.47). An English traveler in 1569 says that the export of wine Malvasia is the principal trade of Crete (Hakluyt 19, 230). “Dare to affirm that this wine matures before being transported further afield, such as Germany, France and England. Ships go to Crete to carry the Malvasia in foreign parts, loads of wine from Rethymnon, knowing that it is well maintained for a long time and that as much time boiling, the better is “(Belon. f. 21) . Finally Knolles says: “Now the island of Crete, known to almost all the world for its good Malvasia produced here and which send large quantities in many distant lands” (The General Histories of the Turks. London 1603 p. 868 ). “But what particularly enriches the place (Crete) is the Malvasia and the Muscat wines, wines that when longer reach us is mature but is excellent when there is like nectar,” he wrote, and Sandys, around 1600, detailing the wonderful Cretan products (R. Pasheley B p. 47).
After these and other important information on exports of Cretan Malvasia, made clear that this native malevyziotiko wine, tried to transfer to other areas of our country, many worthy people, without ever succeed or reputation, nor the quality .”As Prince Henry of Portugal asked to bear vines from Crete to the plant in Madeira that was colonized by the Portuguese in 1421″ (R. Pasheley B ‘p. 47).
As for the Malvasia not have disappeared after the conquest of Crete by the Turks, the super Francesco Morosini having left decently from Candia, conquered the Peloponnese (Mystras) and tried to convey, in the southeastern part of the cultivation of the variety Malvasia, which had so beneficial for many centuries to the Venetian island. This event will likely both confirm and Malvasia port shown in the map of 1715 N.DE.FER in Monemvasia. This serious effort of Fr. Morosini did not work because after the recovery of the Peloponnese by the Turks, the reputation of Malvasia wine was lost, as lost and from Crete…