The group of grapes covered by the name Malvasia is incredibly diverse and the vines stretch across the country, producing wines white, red and pink, and ranging from the dry to the lusciously sweet. Malvasia Nera crops up most notably in the south in Basilicata, Calabria and Lazio, although the majority of the plantings are in Puglia. White Malvasia, under various sub-regional monikers, is perhaps most famous for Frascati and the oxidative Vin Santos of Tuscany. Although suffering a significant, and almost terminal, decline in the 20th Century, Malvasia delle Lipari, from the Aeolian Islands, is one of Italy’s great dessert wines, as are the sweet Malvasias of Sardinia. Malvasia Istriana arguably produces the most fragrant, layered and interesting dry wines of the group and is predominantly found in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.