Muscat Like Grapes

There are a few grapes that are not related to true Muscats but that exhibit Muscat-like tastes and aromas ( or the names of some are spelled similarly).

Malvasia is an ancient grape of Greek origin and like Muscat has been used to make rich, full-bodied, aromatic dessert wines (with a musky taste) in the Mediterranean region.

Morio Muscat
Also known as Morio Muskat. This is a white grape hybrid that was created by Peter Morio in the 1960s by crossing Silvaner and Pinot Blanc. The result was an aromatic grape used for blending, that was highly popular in Germany particularly in the Pfalz and Rheinhessen areas in the late 1970s. If the grape is fully ripe it can produce a relatively good varietal wine with a Muscat-like bouquet and flavour.

A Greek variety of grape (pink-skinned) used to make strongly perfumed , spicy white wine. Jancis Robinson states that "There are strong flavor similarities with fine Muscat but the origins of this distinct vine variety are as yet obscure." (Oxford companion to Wine)

The Muscadine grape family has no relation to the Muscat grape family. The grape is of native American origin, found in the southeastern United States. Muscadine grapes have a strong, musky flavour and range in color from deep purple to bronze. The Scuppernong grape (bronze colored) has long been used to make wine in the South.

This grape is one of the three grapes used in France to make Sauternes (the other two are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon) and other sweet and dry white wines in Bordeaux and Bergerac. The grape originated in Bordeaux. Although it shares a grapey aroma with Muscat, there is no relationship between the two grapes. It is used primarily in blends, adding a youthful fruitiness to the mix.

Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne)
Muscadet is a white wine grape grown in France (Loire). It produces bone-dry, crisp, neutral tasting wine with a slight carbon dioxide prickle that pairs it well with seafood. There are four ACs for Muscadet:: Muscadet, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu, Muscadet des Coteaux de la Loire,

Muscardin is a light red grape variety used in Chateauneuf du Pape.