Wines & Vineyards

No Mediterranean meal is complete without a robust red or chilled, crisp white wine as accompaniment. And there is nothing better to accompany local Maltese dishes than a wine produced on the Islands.

Malta’s Wines & VineyardsMalta may not be renowned like its larger Mediterranean neighbours for wine production, but Maltese vintages are more than holding their own at international competition, winning several accolades in France, Italy and further afield.

International grape varieties grown here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carignan, Chenin Blanc and Moscato. Then there are the indigenous varieties, Gellewza and Ghirghentina, which are producing some excellent wines of distinct body and flavour.

Grapes grown in Malta’s hot and humid climate ripen much quicker than their counterparts further north. Wineries are careful to grow varieties suited to the distinct limestone terroir. Soil samples are sent to leading European experts to assess which varieties will thrive here.

The efforts of the past couple of decades are reaping rewards for the local wine industry. Several local wines are found on UK supermarket shelves and deservedly so. Northern European markets are just beginning to discover the secret of Maltese wines.

If wine is your hobby, passion or favourite accompaniment to a sociable meal, the Maltese Islands have plenty to offer.

Tours and Tasting

The main wineries organise guided tours and tastings. Depending on the season, tours cover the entire production from the initial fermentation through to the ageing process. They also include wine history museums and opportunities to taste and buy a variety of vintages. Wine-tasting and vineyard tours are also organised by specialised local agents such as Merill Eco Tours.

Wine Tasting Session

Guests attending these wine tasting sessions will have the opportunity to try eight Maltese and Gozitan wines which are currently served on Maldonado Bistro’s wine list.

The selection is a balanced choice giving guests the opportunity to try wines made with Maltese indigenous grapes like Girgentina and Gellewza but also provide an opportunity to try some of the best Maltese and Gozitan wines available on the market.

White

MALTA I.G.T.
Marsovin – La Torre (Girgentina)
Made purley with Malta’s indigenous ‘Girgentina’ grape.

GOZO
Tal-Massar (Vermentino)
Single estate wine by family owned winery in Gozo.

GOZO D.O.K.
Marsovin – Antonin Blanc (Chardonnay)
Harvested in the Ramla Valley to produce a fine oak-aged chardonnay.

Rose

GOZO D.O.K.
Delicata – Victoria Heights (Shiraz Rose)
Grapes harvested in the Victoria-Marsalforn valley.

Sweet Wine

GOZO
Galley’s Liqueur Wine (Maltese Port)
Harvested and produced in Gozo.

Red

MALTA D.O.K.
Marsovin – 1919 (Gellewza)
Solely made with indigenous ‘Gellewza’ grape and sundried before production.

GOZO D.O.K.
Marsovin – Ulysses (Shiraz)
Harvested in the Ramla valley to produce this top seller wine.

MALTA D.O.K.
San Niklaw – Despatch (Sangiovese)
Produced by a boutique winery in Zejtun. which caught the eye of international magazine ‘Wine Spectator’.

Contact and price informations

The price of attending the wine tasting session is Eur45 per person which includes tasting of 8 different wines, flowing water, appetiser, pasta and a dessert.

For availability please contact the organisers by phone or e-mail.

Venue: Maldonado Bistro

Web: Visit Website

Email: reservations@maldonado.com.mt