Maltese wine may not be as globally renowned as its French or Italian counterparts, but it has a unique charm and flavour profile that’s definitely worth exploring. The Maltese Islands have a winemaking history that dates back over 2,000 years, and in recent decades, the industry has seen a renaissance with an emphasis on quality and the cultivation of both international and local grape varieties.

The principal local grape varieties in Malta are Gellewza and Ghirghentina for red and white wines respectively. Gellewza typically produces light-bodied, fruity red wines with subtle sweetness. Ghirghentina, on the other hand, creates delicate and refreshing white wines with floral and citrus notes.

Maltese wine producers also cultivate well-known international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay. However, it’s the wines made from indigenous grapes that offer a distinct taste of Malta’s terroir.

Several vineyards and wineries in Malta are open to visitors for wine tours and tastings. These tours offer a glimpse into the wine-making process and often include tastings paired with local food. Some of the most notable wineries include Marsovin and Emmanuel Delicata, two of the oldest and most prestigious wineries on the island.

Don’t miss to try a glas of Maltese wine when visiting Malta. Picture: steve estvanik, shutterstock

Another key event in the Maltese wine calendar is the Delicata Classic Wine Festival held in Valletta in August. It offers a unique opportunity to taste a wide range of local wines and enjoy Maltese food and music.

In short, while Maltese wine might be lesser-known on the global stage, it certainly provides a delightful and unique addition to the island’s rich gastronomic scene. If you’re a wine lover visiting Malta, exploring the local wine is a must-do experience.

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