Muscat Wines of Spain

Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains is known in Spain as Moscatel de Grano Menudo but most Spanish Moscatel is made from Muscat of Alexandria (Moscatel de Alejandria). Sweet Moscatel (mostly simple and inexpensive) made from Muscat of Alexandria is grown all over Spain especially in Malaga, Alicante, Valencia and the Canary Islands. Some Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains is grown in the northern part of the country. Southern Spain grows Moscatel de Malaga, which is used (with Pedro Ximenez) to make the famous Malaga wines..

Moscatel can be used as a blend in the production of Madeira and is used to produce other sweet dessert wines (including Moscatel de Valencia). Sweet sherries (Jerez Dulce) are made either by fermenting dried Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel grapes (less commonly used), creating sweet, dark brown or black wines, or by blending sweeter wines or grape must with a drier variety of wine. (These grapes are typically dried in the sun for two days after harvesting to concentrate their sugars.)