MALVASIA NERA DI BASILICATA is an aromatic red native Italian grape variety found in both of Basilicata’s two provinces, Matera (MT) and Potenza (PZ).
NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH Malvasia Nera di Basilicata differs from both Malvasia Nera di Brindisi and Malvasia Nera di Lecce by virtue of its greater resistance to parasites and inclement weather (ID: 2014, p.97). Malvasia Nera di Basilicata resembles Malvasia Nera di Brindisi in that both are aromatic varieties–Malvasia Nera di Lecce is not (ID: 2014, p.97). Malvasia Nera di Basilicata ripens before Malvasia Nera di Lecce, and with higher sugars, but ripens later than Malvasia Nera di Brindisi (ID: 2014, p.97). Malvasia Nera di Basilicata also has a higher acid strength (lower pH) compared to the two other Malvasia Neras which are known low acid varieties (ID: 2014, p.97). Basilicata vines locally called ‘Malvasia Nera’ have been identified as Tempranillo–similar misidentifications have also occurred in Tuscany (ID: 2014, p.97).