Muscat Ottonel Grape

Muscat Ottonel was created in Loire by a French horticulturist in 1852 by crossing Chasselas and Muscat de Saumur and was first cultivated in Alsace where it is one of the Muscat varieties allowed in the varietal designation "Muscat".

 

It is a white grape (the palest of all the Muscats) that is used for wine and fruit. The berries are a slightly yellowish shade of green and medium in size. Easier to cultivate in cooler climates than the other Muscats, it ripens early and produces more delicate wines than Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains or Muscat of Alexandria.

 

It is popular in Alsace (where it has driven Muscat Blanc  a Petits Grains almost out of production and is used in the production of aromatic semi-dry wine), in Austria (planted in Burgenland and used to make Pradikatsweins) and in the Rust/Neusiedlersee  region used for rich dessert wines), Yugoslavia Vojdovina region, Croatia (dessert wines), Germany (botrytis wines), Hungary (late harvest wines). It is also grown in Romania, Bulgaria, Crimea, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.