The name Malvira translates roughly to ”facing the wrong way.” Rather than sloping to the south and therefore getting the most sun exposure throughout the day, the original vineyards of the winery sloped north. Today the winery, which was founded in the 1950’s by Guiseppe Damonte, has corrected the problem and has a number of vineyards facing the more desirable southerly direction. The winery is still in the Damonte family, with Guiseppe’s two sons involved in the day-to-day viticulture and vinification.
Malvira’s Langhe Nebbiolo plays the baby brother to the traditional Barolos and Barbarescos in the area. It is an austere, serious red wine with violets and tobacco on the nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied with gripping tannins and dark fruit and spice.
The white, an Arneis from Roero, is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the grapes’ fresh and fruity style. Citrus can be found on the nose and apples and fresh lemon is prevalent on the palate. Enjoy this with lighter dishes like chicken and seafood or younger cheeses.