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The Muscat grape is one of the oldest domesticated grapes in the world. For centuries, people have valued this grape enough to keep it in existence and use it to make a variety of interesting and appealing wines. This web site is dedicated to providing information on the Muscat grape and the wines that are produced from it.

The Muscat grape belongs to the species vitis vinifera and is widely grown in warm temperate climates around the world to produce wine, raisins and table grapes. There are hundreds of varieties of Muscat grapes with colors ranging from greenish yellow to pink to almost black. The four varieties most commonly used to produce wine are Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains, Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat Ottonel and Muscat Hamburg (Black Muscat).

Wine produced from the Muscat grape is characterized by smelling and tasting of the grape itself. Historically the grape has been used to make rich, luscious dessert wines in varying degrees of sweetness and fortification. Sweet Muscats exhibit the taste of raisins, toffee and oranges. More recently, Muscat grapes are being made into dry, aromatic table wines in the style of those of Alsace In many countries, Muscat grapes are also used to produce lively, refreshing sparkling wines.

The intent of this website is to grow to be THE most comprehensive information source on Muscat wines and to introduce these delectable, enticing wines to a wider (and hopefully) more appreciative audience.

 
Food and Wine Pairings

Torrone (Nougat) is a delicious Italian candy made from honey, sugar, egg whites, pistachios, almonds and some other goodies.  Enjoy with wine pairings such as Greco di Bianco DOC from Calabria, Moscato di Trani DOC from Apulia, or Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC from Tuscany.

 
Featured Wine

Muscats DU MONDE 2011 COMPETITION

wineThe following Italian Muscats won medals at the 2011 Muscats du Monde wine competition

GOLD MEDAL

Colli Euganei Doc, Fior d'Arancio Passito, Solone 2010. Fattoria Monte Fasolo
Spumante Moscato Splendore Dolce 2010. Cantina Colle Moro Soc.Coop. Agricola
Moscato di Terracina Doc Spumante Secco Oppidum 2010. Cantina Sant'Andrea

SILVER MEDAL

Moscato d'Asti Docg2010. Ca'ed Balos
Moscato de Terracina Doc Oppodum Secco 2010. Cantina Sant'Andrea
Moscato d'Asti Docg "Valdiserre" 2010. Borgo Isobella s.s./Isobella Della Croce