Word Origin & History
1407, "a strong, sweet white wine," from Prov. malmesie or M.Du. malemesye, both from M.L. malmasia, from Medieval Gk. Monembasia "Monemvasia," a town in the southern Peloponnesus that was an important center of wine production in the Middle Ages, lit. "only one entrance," from monos "alone, only" +
embasis "entering into," from en- "in" + basis "a going, a stepping, a base."