What is Monemvasia?

Monemvasia is believed to have formed part of the blend for Malvasia, a strong, aromatic sweet wine favored by the Ancient Venetians that was widely acclaimed in the middle ages. The name Monemvasia means “only entrance”. It refers to the grape area of origin Monemvassia, a fortified medieval port town that has only one gate. Productivity is high and the vines yield late berries on cone-shaped clusters. The grapes mature in early to late August. This plant also has adopted a good resistance to diseases. The strong wine has low-acidity high in sugar and an intriguing semi-aromatic flair. Its characteristics and flavors can range from smokey cream or of dried peaches.