Muscat Wines
Muscat Wines of Hungary

in the 2010 Muscats du Monde International Wine Festivat a Hungarian Muscat was listed in the Top 10 Muscats for 2010:

  • Tokaji Sargamuskotaly Edes 2008 (Moonvalley Estate)


In Hungary Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains is called Sarga Muskotaly, or Sargamuskotaly (Yellow Muscat, or Muscat de Lunel)

Sarga Muskotaly (Yellow Muscat) is one of three grapes used to make the famous Tokaji (Tokay) wines.

Yellow Muscat is primarily grown in the Tokaj-Hegyaija and Balatonboglar wine regions.

Muscat Ottonel is also grown, primarily in the Matraalja and Badacsony wine regions.

Muscat Wines of Italy

In the 2010 Muscats du Monde International Wine Competition an Italian Muscat was listed in the Top 10 Muscats for 2010:

  • Moscato di Terracina Doc Amabile "Templum" 2009 (Cantina Sant'Andrea)

Muscat vines and wines are found throughout Italy usually producing light wines with distinct aromas. The basic wine styles made are spumante (sparkling), frizzante (half-sparkling), and sweet dessert wines, some of which are fortified. Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, known as Moscato Bianco in Italy, dominates Muscat production. In the northwest known as Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti, it is the foundation of the sweet sparkling wine industry. Other forms of Moscato Bianco can be found throughout Italy especially in the Trentino Alto-Adige area. In the south, the wine produced from Moscato Bianco is richer and sweeter. Southern Italian Muscats can be produced in the passito style (wine made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juice) and sometimes are fortified.

Other Muscat grapes used to make wine are:
Muscat of Alexandria called Zibibbo (Most well known for the production of Sicily's famous Passito di Pantelleria.)
Moscato Rosa used to make light sweet wines especially in the Fruili-Venezia and Trentino-Alto Adige regions.

Moscato Bianco, known as Muscat Chambave or Chambave, is made into exotic fruity wines that can be either dry or sweet called Chambave Muscat or Nus Muscat. (Chambave and Nus are geographically designated DOC sub-zones.) Passito di Chambave is also available in very limited production

Muscats are widely produced, sometimes in a passito style.


  • Cantine Viola
  • Moscato Passito Calabria IGT
  • Luigi Viola
  • Moscato Passito 2007 (Winner Tre Bicchieri Award 2008)

A small amount of Moscato is produced in this region.

  • Lini 910
  • Moscato Spumante

Moscato Rosa is used to produce a lightly sweet wine.


  • Jermann (Vigna Bellina)
  • Moscato Rosa
  • Marco Felluga
  • Moscato Rosa

There is a variety of Moscato wines made in this region: passito, spumante and fortified sweet wines.

La Brugherate

Moscato di Scanzo
A rarity from Bergamo. A tawny dessert wine.

Moscato Blanco grapes are cultivated from the Asti area south into the Barbaresco zone.

Asti Spumante
Also known as Asti , a justly famous sweet sparkling wine made around the town of Asti. Low in alcohol with the flavors of ripe green grapes and sugared almonds.


  • Bera
  • Bonardi
  • Cinzano
  • Contratto
  • Fontanafredda
  • Gancia
  • Martini & Rosso

Moscato d'Asti
Made from the same Moscato Bianco as Asti and in the same region. It is less fizzy than Asti with a fresh citrus taste. Many wine drinkers consider it to be superior to Asti Spumonte.


  • Bera
  • Ca d'Gal
  • Cascina Castle't (Maria Borio)
  • Cascina Fonda
  • Caudrina
  • Ceretto ( I Vignaioli di Santo Stefano)
  • Chiarlo, Michelle. NIVOLE. Increasingly famous winery
  • Il Falchetto
  • La Spinetta
  • Rivetti
  • Saracco Paolo. One of the top producers.
  • Scagliola
  • Soria.
  • Cascinetta.

Moscato Naturale d'Asti
Still or only slightly fizzy. Drink young.

Moscatos di Strevi
Straw yellow in colour with musky, grapey perfumes Produced in a sparkling form or as a passito wine.


  • Banfi (Sparkling)
  • Domenico Ivaldi, Casarito (passito wine)
  • Loazzolo
  • A sub DOC within the Asti zone produces Moscato wines in the passito style.

Other passito producers include:

  • Batasiolo
  • I Vignaioli di San Stefano Belbo

Moscato di Trani

A rare Muscat that takes its name from the Trani viticultural zone in the province of Bari. Moscato di Trani is made almost exclusively from Moscato Bianco grapes.

Sardinia produces a number of fortified Moscato wines

It is the custom to drink Moscato wine on April 13, the feast day of St. Martin.

Moscato di Pantelleria DOC)
Moscato has been made on the island of Pantelleria for centuries. It has been described as being delicate with a sweet, enticing flavor.

Moscato Passito di Pantelleria (DOC)
Made from Zibibbio grapes (Muscat of Alexandria). The traditional way to make passito wines involved picking the grapes and placing them on a mat. They dry in the sun during the day and are covered at night. As the grapes dehydrate, their juice becomes increasingly sweet.

Moscato di Noto (DOC)
Produced in limited quantity this wine was developed in the Experimental Winery in Noto, a commune in Syracuse with the objective of developing a quality Moscato wine that could be drunk young.

Moscato di Siracusa (DOC)
An ancient Sicilian wine that has not been in production since 1983.

Most of the sweet wines are Muscats either Moscato Rosa (Rosenmuskatateller) or Moscato Giallo (Goldenmuskateller) which may have been brought north from Sicily in the late 19th century. In order to make sweet wine the grapes are harvested late in October. Moscato Rosa Is characterized by an aroma of roses. Some versions are fortified.

Moscadello di Montalcino (DOC). Moscadello, the original strain of Muscat in Montalcino, is making a comeback. The wine is soft and delicate and should be consumed within a year of the harvest.

Fior d'Arancio Moscato
Wine from Colli Euganei with a light yellow color and citrus scents produced in spumante or passito versions.
Moscato Giallo
Produced close to Lake Garda

Muscat Wines of Moldova

Moldova has a long history of wine making dating back to prehistoric times. In the mid 1800s new varieties were introduced to the vineyards including Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains is still being grown as is Muscat de Hamburg.

Table wines produced include Muscat Chihlimbariu and Muscat de Perla.

Muscat Wines of New Zealand


Captain James Cook took possession of the New Zealand islands for Britain in 1769. The first person to plant vines in the North island was the Anglican missionary, Samuel Marsden, in 1819. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835 and noted the presence of grape vines. James Busby is considered to be the first "producer" of wine in New Zealand.

Later, the wine growing region around Auckland was created by Dalmatian immigrants and even today Croatian wine growers are a large part of wine production in New Zealand.

Phylloxera hit the vineyards in 1895. The main measure implemented to solve the problem was the planting of phylloxera-resistant grape varieties. Beginning in the 1960s the planting of European varieties was encouraged and the Muller-Thurgau grape was a favorite for some time. Since the 1980s wine production in New Zealand has grown in quantity and quality. The best known wines are the Sauvignon Blancs of the Marlborough area.

Muscat grapes are not extensively grown in New Zealand. What was most commonly grown is a lesser known grape called Dr. Hogg Muscat (sometimes called Dr. Hoog). Its popularity appears to be waning. In 1989 the grape made up 5% of national plantings; in 2009 it is not mentioned, being included on the "Other" category (4%).

There is however some Muscat wine being produced in the country.


  • Blackenbrook Nelson Muscat 2010, 2011.
  • Corbans Estate Gisborne Muscat 1996
  • Matua Valley Late Harvest Muscat 2004.
  • Moana Park Botrytized Hawke's Bay Muscat. Hawke's Bay Region.
  • Millton fortifies July Muscat 2010. Gisborne Region. Organic.
  • Millton Mistell July Muscat 2011. Gisborne Region. Fortified.
  • Millton Les Trois Enfants 2009. Gewurzstraminer, Muscat, Viognier.
  • Millton Te Arai Vineyard Muskats at Dawn 2010. Gisborne Region.
  • Sojans Fusion Sparkling Muscat Magnum 2009. Gisborne Region.
  • Sojans Fusion Sparkling Rose 2009. Gisborne Region.
  • Twilight Vineyards Ormond Muscat 2004. !00% Dr. Hogg. Gisborne Region.
  • Wishart Late Harvest Hawke's Bay Muscat 2004. Hawke's Bay Region.
Muscat Wines of Portugal

(In the 2010 Muscats de Monde International Wine Competition, a Portugese Muscat was listed in the Top 10 Best Muscat  wines for 2010:

  • Moscatel de Setubal Doc (Venancio da Costa Lima)


Moscatel (sometimes called Muscatel) is the Portugese (and Spanish) name for Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. The word can be used for the name of the grape and the name of the wine.

Moscatel de Alejandria is Muscat of Alexandria.

Moscatel de Setubal is the best known Muscat  in Portugal. It is a sweet dessert wine predominantly made from Muscat of Alexandria called Moscatel de Setubal and/or Moscatel Romano. A small amount of Moscatel de Setubal has been made from the black Moscatel Roxo. Since the 1980's the Setubal region has also been making crisp, dry Muscat wines.

Moscatel de Favaios is produced in the Douro region.

Madeira is a fortified wine made in the Madeira Islands of Portugal. The Madeira Islands make Moscatel Madeira wine, which has become quite rare due to grape diseases and phylloxera..

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