Muscat Grapes
Muscat Hamburg Synonyms

Muscat Hamburg is known under a number of different names.

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Muscat Hybrids Used for Wine

 

 

Diamond Muscat

A complex hybrid that has Muscat of Alexandria in its lineage.

 

Early Muscat

Bred at the University of California at Davis. A cross between Muscat Hamburg and Queen of the Vineyard. In the cool climate of the Pacific Northwest it is makes a nice Muscat wine.

 

Muscat Bailey A

Grown in Japan for the production of Muscat wine

 

New York Muscat

A moderately winter hardy white wine grape developed in Geneva, New York. A cross of Muscat Hamburg and Ontario.

Grown in New York State, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Missouri, Quebec

 

Sovereign Opal

Developed by Agriculture Canada research station in Summerland, British Columbia and first released in 1976. It is a cross between Marechal Foch and Golden Muscat. To date, Calona Vineyards in British Columbia is the only winery making wine from the grape.

 

Symphony Grape

The Symphony grape is one of dozens of new grapes bred by Dr. Harold Olmo, Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. It is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris. It is used for wine production in California and Hawaii.

 

Torrontes Grape
DNA profiling has shown that Torrontes is a result of the crossing of Muscat of Alexandria and Mission (Criolla Chica). Torrontes is the predominant white wine grape in

Argentina. Aromas of the wine exhibit peach pit, pear, flowers and oranges. On the palate i the taste is dry with a pleasing ,crispness and exciting

floral and fruit flavors,

 

Valvin Muscat

A mid season white wine grape. Developed in New York State at Cornell. Available since 1990? 2006?. A complex cross involving Muscat de Moulin and Muscat Ottonel.

 
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
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.

Moscophilero
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)

Muscadine
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.

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

 
Muscat of Alexandria Grape

 

 

Like Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria is an ancient grape. It is presumed that the vines originated in North Africa (possibly Egypt) and were disseminated around the Mediterranean by the Romans, earning it the synonym Muscat Romain. The vine is cultivated in fairly hot climates because it is sensitive to cool weather during flowering and needs heat for the grapes to ripen. Despite its limitations Muscat of Alexandria is grown widely in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, the eastern Mediterranean, eastern Europe, South America, California, South Africa, Australia.

 

Traditionally it has been used as a table or raisin grape rather than a wine grape. The wine produced from Muscat of Alexandria often lacks the complexity and depth of wine made with Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. Wines are typically strong, sweet and straightforward. However it can produce outstanding wines such as those in Spain, where it is called Moscatel de Alejandria, and in Portugal, where winemakers use it to make 'Moscatel de Setubal'.

 
Muscat of Alexandria Synonyms

Muscat of Alexandria is known under a number of different names.

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