The occurrence of varieties named “Malvasia” in Piedmont, likely with white grapes, has been attested since 1468 in the Statutes from Mondonio (Comba et al., 1990). G.B. Croce, in his “Della eccellenza e diversità dei vini...” (1606), besides mentioning a “Moscatello nostrale” (i.e. local Muscat, likely White muscat), also devoted one paragraph to a “Malvasia similmente nostrale” (i.e. a Malvasia similarly local) which describes with dense and elongated berries, good for table consumption and for wine making, that turns out sweet and fragrant like the grapes. This short description indeed reminds the today’s Malvasia moscata.
A significant information comes several decades later from France by Jean Merlet (author of the Abrégé des Bons Fruits ,1667) who among other muscat varieties mentioned a “Muscat de Malvoisie” or “ Malvoisie musquée” characterized by a relevant muscat flavor widely grown in the surroundings of Turin.
A century later the count Giuseppe Nuvolone (1798) included a White Malvasia within the grapes reputed of high quality for wine.
The first complete ampelographic description of this variety is by Demaria and Leardi (1875), who mentioned the synonym ‘Malvasia greca’ (Greek Malvasia) as a possible “sub-variety”.