The versatile Malvasia grape—which comes in both white and red versions—is used to make a wide variety of wines. In Italy, for example, the red Malvasia Nera grape (one of nearly a dozen Italian varieties of Malvasia) produces light, fragrant red wines. In California's Central Valley, the white Malvasia Bianca grape makes sweet fortified wines. White Malvasia wines tend to be deeply colored, with high alcohol and an intensely nutty character.Malvasia is also one of several types of grapes used to make the fortified wines of Madeira (where the varietal is called Malmsey), and it's used in the production of white port as well.