Malvasia is a group of wine grape varieties grown historically in the Mediterranean region including Italy, Slovenia, Spain, and Portugal and was introduced to California growers several years ago. Today, there are over 30 different types of Malvasia and these grapes produce white table wines, dessert wines, and fortified wines.
 
In Croatia, the varietal is known as Malvazija Istarska and is grown primarily in Istria and the north Dalmatian coast. The vine was introduced to the area by Venetian merchants in the 14th century who brought cuttings from Greece.
 
Today Malvazija Istarska is the dominant white wine in northwestern Croatia. It’s a fresh, crisp, aromatic wine that is a perfect alternative to other white wines, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Malvazija Istarska can be paired with seafood, pork, and pastas.
 
Blue Ice, Inc. will begin offering several labels of Malvazija Istarska later this year.