Discover the hidden gem of Malta’s thriving wine industry
Malta is a well-known tourist destination, but few people are aware of its thriving wine industry. While it may not be the first place you think of when you think of wine, Malta is increasingly recognized among wine lovers as a destination worth exploring. In this article, we dive into the world of Maltese wines, their history, and the variety of grapes used to produce them.
Viticulture in Malta: The art of wine production
Viticulture is the cultivation and study of grapes used for wine production. This includes grape growing, vineyard management and grape harvesting. The goal of viticulture is to produce high-quality grapes that result in delicious wines.
Wine has been produced in Malta since Phoenician times, dating back to 800 BC. Over time, different cultures have influenced viticulture in Malta. The Romans introduced vines to the island, and the Arabs further developed grape cultivation. Today, vineyards cover about 450 hectares of the island, most of which are in the central region, especially in the villages around the town of Attard. Besides Malta, the wines of Gozo, Malta’s sister island, also have a unique and distinct character.
Malta’s grapes: a rich variety
Malta boasts several grape varieties, such as Gellewza and Ghirgentina. Gellewza is a red grape from which both red wines and rosé are made. Ghirgentina is a white grape variety mainly used to produce white wines. Malta also grows international grape varieties, including cabernet sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and the famous Merlot.
Maltese wines: A unique and delicious experience
Malta has a variety of white, red and rosé wines, which are generally quite dry, with a few exceptions. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the best-known wines on the island, although white wines are becoming increasingly popular, with Chardonnay and Vermentino among the most commonly used grapes.
One of the best wines produced in Malta is the ‘Isis Chardonnay’, which has a fruity aroma and flavour of pineapple and citrus. This wine goes perfectly with fish and salads. Another popular wine in Malta is the ‘Marnisi’ red wine, produced by the Marsovin vineyards and made from the Gellewza grape. This robust wine has a deep colour with aromas of vanilla and red fruit and goes well with hearty dishes such as stews and beef.
The ‘La Valette’ wine, named after Jean de la Valette, the founder of Valletta, is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine pairs incredibly well with vegetables and soft cheeses, making it a great option for a wide range of meals.
Wine tasting in Malta: A fun and unmissable experience
Wine tasting is a popular activity that can be done at many vineyards and wineries, where people can taste different types of wine while learning more about the production process. It is a fun experience and a must-try while visiting the island.
Discover the unique flavours of Malta’s wine
Malta may not be the top-of-mind destination for wine lovers, but it certainly offers a diverse range of wines worth experiencing. Whether you prefer red or white wine, Malta’s wines are suitable for any wine lover. We invite visitors to enjoy the unique flavours and be pleasantly surprised by the variety of wines available.
So if you are a wine lover or just want to try something new, don’t miss the chance to experience the wonderful world of Maltese wines. With a rich history, diverse grape varieties and delicious wine-tasting opportunities, Malta is truly a hidden gem for wine lovers.