Malagousia: The Cinderella of Greek Grapes

A nearly extinct variety, Malagousia was revived in the 1970s and today appears on many best selling labels


The story began quietly some decades ago. At the time, the variety was virtually unknown in Greece and nearly extinct. But everything changed in the mid-70s, when Professor of Oenology Vassilis Logothetis “discovered” it in the region of Nafpaktia, west central Greece, and presented it to one of his students, Vangelis Gerovassiliou. The winemaker from Thessaloniki was the first to begin experimental vinification with the grape, initially at the Porto Carras winery and later on his own estate.

Today, Malagousia grapes are grown all over Greece and the name appears on many best selling labels. It stands out for its finesse, balance and aromatic qualities. Whether used in blends or as a single varietal, the grape produces wines of medium alcohol content, with an exceptionally expressive nose and aromas of flowers (rose), white-flesh fruits (pears, mango, peach), herbs (apple geranium, mint, sage) and citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit). In addition to outstanding dry wines, the variety is also used to make marvelous sweet wines.

PAIRINGS

Ideal with Greek and Mediterranean dishes, especially seafood, olive oil-based vegetable stews with fresh herbs, poultry, lightly-sauced pasta, pies, yellow cheeses and fresh vegetable salads. The barrel-aged labels are a good match with charcoal-grilled fish and white meat. As for the celebrated Malagousia dessert wines… they are best served with fruit tarts or extra syrupy, pan-baked sweets.

“ Today, Malagousia grapes are grown all over Greece and the name appears on many best selling labels.”

YOU HAVE TO TRY:

KTIMA GEROVASSILIOU | Malagousia:
Smooth, expressive palate, with notes of rose.

CLAUDIA PAPAGIANNI | “Alexandra” Malagousia:
Exquisitely aromatic, with a rich palate and lingering aftertaste.    

ANASTASIA FRAGOU Winery | Malagousia “Nehlys”:
Heady aromas, full of flavor.

TETRAMYTHOS | Malagousia:
Well-structured and suitable for aging.

AVANTIS Estate | Malagousia:
Pleasing, “feminine” wine for immediate consumption.

PAPAGIANNAKOS Winery | Malagousia “Kalogeri”:
Fine wine with aromas of exotic fruits.

BOUTARI Wineries | Malagousia “Matsa”:
Impressive intensity and complexity of aromas.


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