The vine growing zone of the PDO Monemvassia-Malvasia includes the areas of Monemvassia, Asopos, Vies and Molai at the southeastern end of the Lakonia region in the Peloponnese, and more specific, the peninsula of Malea, naturally leading the Parnon Mountains (Malevos). The PDO Monemvassia-Malvasia is located in the northeast side of the Myrtoan Sea and the southwest side of the laconic gulf. Altitudes range between 0 and 500 meters and the soil is mostly limestone and slate rocks.
PDO Monemvassia-Malvasia is the newest PDO wine zone, established in July 2010. The PDO Monemvassia-Malvasia wine is a blend of the Monemvassia grape (at least 51%) with Assyrtiko, Asproudes and Kydonitsa, and was historically known as the authentic, sweet “malvasios oenos” “the Monemvasios wine, aka “Dorian wine”, “vinum de Malvasia”, “vinum de Monovasia”, “vinum Malvasie”, “vinum Monemvasie” and “Malvasi”.
Vineyards in the wider area of the PDO Monemvassia-Malvasia area cover nowadays near 865 acres and wines produced are sweet white, either vin liastos (sun-dried) / vin de raisin passerile, or vin de liquer de raisin passerile.
Oxidative aging of at least 24 months in oak barrels is mandatory for the PDO Monemvassia-Malvasia wines and also the two words, i.e. “Monemvassia-Malvasia” should always be mentioned together.
There are numerous places to visit in the wider area of Monemvassia, but the breathtaking medieval castle town is definitely a must-see!