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Malvasia

(mălvəsē`ə) or

Monemvasía

(mô'nĕmväsē`ä), village, S Greece, in the Peloponnesus, on a rocky island joined to the mainland by a mole. In the Middle Ages it was a fortress and an important commercial port, exporting Malvasian or malmsey wine, a type now made in many places. It was (1821) the seat of the first Greek national assembly.
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Of the major grapes--uva de troia, aglianico, montepulciano, malvasia nera, malvasia bianca, negroamaro and primitivo--the latter two stand out.
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