Definition - What does Moscato mean?

Moscato, or Muscat Blanc, is the name of the white wine grape variety used to make Moscato d’Asti. The Moscato grape variety is characterized by tight clusters of small berries. An early ripening grape, Moscato has high levels of sugar at harvest and produces wines with flavors of sweet citrus and stone fruit.

WineFrog explains Moscato

A member of the Muscat grape family, Moscato is known throughout Italy by many different names, including: Muscat d'Alsace, Moscato Bianco, Muscat Blanc and Muscat Canelli. Technically, a white grape variety, many strains can produce grapes that are light pink or brick red, with the same vine producing different colors from year to year. The cool growing season in Italy combined with the sandstone and limestone soils produce exceptional flavors in the grapes. Flavors in Moscato grapes include the following fruity descriptors:

  • Sweet
  • Citrus
  • Tangerine
  • Orange
  • Nectarine
  • Peach

The grapes are very sweet and flavorful and are also used as a table grape and to make raisins.

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