Good things definitely come in small packages and this couldn’t be truer of the world’s smallest winemaking country, with Malta’s vineyards producing some seriously good wine. With over 2,000 years of experience (and even two indigenous grape varieties), Malta has steadily become one of the most respected (and least known) wine producers in the world, with some wineries exporting across Europe and beyond.
The Maltese even have their own appellation system, the D.O.K. (Denominazzjoni Ta’ Origini Kontrollata) to ensure quality and origin. In the summer months the Maltese producers stage wine festivals, complete with live music, great food and tastings to boost their presence. From the historic Marsovin cellars, to the scenic Ta’ Mena Estate and renowned Meridiana Wine Estate, these vineyards in Malta have got you covered.
With over 90 international wine-producing awards under their belt, it’s fair to say that the Emmanuel Delicata family know what they’re doing. Established in 1907, the family has been committed to producing fine wines for over a century, spanning four generations of winemakers who carry forward the passion, quality and reputation of their predecessors. Visitors are welcome at their 17th century wine cellars, where informative tastings are a regular part of the weekly routine.
With an extensive range of premium bottles, including Single Vineyard, Methode Traditionnelle and renowned sweet wines, the Marsovin estate is among the leading producers and exporters of wine on the island. The 400-year-old Marsovin cellars (once a series of workshops used by the Knights of St. John) are open to explore year-round, with the 90-minute tour covering the history of this famous winemaker and the pioneering strides they’ve made in Maltese viticulture.
The first of the Marsovin-owned estates, Marnisi was created specifically to produce premium quality wines, with many going on to become household names in Maltese dining rooms. The estate, which spans roughly 14.6 acres of land, features 50,000 vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc varieties. One of the best vineyards in Malta, the yield here is relatively low yield, making for top quality, complex wines.
Surrounded by the spectacular Gozo countryside, the Ta’ Mena Estate is truly among the world’s most scenic vineyards. Alongside self-catering apartments, cooking lessons, strawberry picking, and olive harvesting, they also produce some of the finest wines in the region. A family business, Ta’ Mena specialises in delicate wines full of fruity flavour and depth, with a distinct island character typical of the Gozitan climate.
Located in central Malta, the Meridiana Wine Estate may not be the oldest vineyard on the island – but what it lacks in history, it more than makes up for in quality. Meridiana’s first harvest sold out within weeks, with the estate now producing around 140,000 bottles of wine annually. Having received fervently positive reviews from acclaimed wine critics, many consider Meridiana to be one of the best vineyards in Malta.