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The best Malvasia wines are wholly made from Malvasia di Candia Aromatica but there are less refined types in which the Malvasia is supplemented to a maximum of 15% with Moscato grapes. Depending on the style of Italian wine it may be pale to intense golden in colour.
The nose is very aromatic and characteristic of Malvasia grapes. The taste is also characteristic, fresh, and harmonious. Some of these Italian wines are offered with a touch of carbonic acid gas or even as a Frizzante. There is also a Spumante of this Malvasia. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).
The territory of the Lanzarote DO includes the majority of that island. Lanzarote was promoted to DO status in 1994. The soil here in the vineyards too is black and volcanic in origin, known locally as picón. Each vine is planted separately in a small depression which is protected by a low circular stone wall. This is necessary to prevent damage by the strong winds, especially the Sirocco from the Sahara, that can be devastating. The depressions surrounded by their little walls give the landscape a somewhat surrealistic appearance from a distance. The vines are planted at 400-500 per hectare. For a decade now there have been good white, rosé, and red Spanish wines made for the tourists. Although these wines are well worth tasting, the true strength of the island lies in the superb Muscatel and Malvasia wines. The Muscatel is available as dulce and licoroso.