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Italian wine and grape guide : Moscato

Moscato

The Moscato, Muscat in France or Moscadel in Spain and Portugal, is an aromatic grape found in almost all the Italian peninsula and it is one of the most cultivated grapes in the world and Italy produces more Moscato than any other country, mainly as Moscato d'Asti, made from Moscato Bianco and it has many synonyms and appellations, the main ones are Moscadello di Montalcino, Moscato di Canelli, Moscato di Trani, Moscato d'Asti.

The Moscato belongs to the Moscati family of grapes, aromatic varieties whose name derives from "muscum", moss in latin, whose characteristic aroma is found in the grapes . Other branches of the family worth mentioning are Moscato di Alessandria, known for its light and fruity white wines. Moscato Ottonel is pale and ripens early, while the Moscato d’Amburgo is a black grape variety and is often used as a table grape. Finally, the Moscato Giallo and Moscato Rosa (yellow and pink) both from northern Italy, are used to make a range of sweet and dry wines. As a general rule, Moscato prefers warm climates and prospers in the Mediterranean climate.

Moscato has a distinctive aroma, but its versatility makes it an attractive option for winemakers. Moscato wines can be dry, medium, sweet, sparkling or even dessert wine.