Maltese Wines

Local Wines Becoming More Popular

The quality and style of local Maltese wines has changed for the better over the past several years because of the viticultural revival which has taken place during the past decade. Some of the island’s top winemakers, such as Emmanuel Delicata, have been producing a wide selection of top-class varietal wines from grapes imported from Italy, much to the public’s delight.

Many wines are now being made from Italian grapes since there wasn’t a wide choice of local grapevines and bottles of wine could be bought for next to nothing. The switch to imported quality grapes was a smart business move by winemakers as it gave them the ingredients to produce excellent wines without having to invest heavily and worry about the time constraints that come with viticultural development.

The demand for the wines has increased and this has led to investment and interest in Maltese viticulture. The wine industry is currently more self-sufficient by using in local grapes, but wines made from Maltese imported grapes are available. However, the local Gozitan and Maltese grapes are unique due to the soil and climate of the region and the Italian grapes also reflect the characteristics of their region.

Most of the local winemakers follow the EU laws when producing wines with imported grapes and you’ll find that the labels clearly state that the wines were produced in Malta with Italian grapes. The labels will often include some information about region the grapes were harvested in as well as a general description about the wine. The variety and vintage of the grapes may also be mentioned.

Wines that are made locally are clearly identified by their labels which say product of Gozo or Malta on them. Many winemakers are supplying honest and clear indications regarding the wine’s provenance on their labels.

Delicata Wines

Emmanuel Delicata, Malta’s oldest winemaking company, leads the way viticulturally and has nine Malta- grown and two Gozo-grown wines: Gran Cavalier Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Merlot, Medina Vineyards, Chardonnay Ghirgentina, Rose Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignain; (Gozo-grown) Victoria Heights Merlot and Chardonnay; and a semi sparkling rose wine made from the unique indigenoes Maltese red grape Zarina Gellewza frizzante.