Definition - What does Muscat mean?

Muscat is a white wine grape known for small, pale-yellow berries. However, depending on where they are cultivated, ripe Muscat grapes can range in color from golden yellow to pink and even an array of brown shades. In France, the Muscat grape is called Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains, Moscatel in Spanish and Moscato d'Asti in Italy. It is one of the few wine grapes which produce a wine with an actual aroma of grapes.

WineFrog explains Muscat

Muscat grapes are planted all over the world in many wine regions, however, the variety originated in Greece with the Romans. Originally, the grapes were made into sweet, potent wines made in Greece and are still made this way today in Roussillon in Southern France and in Piemonte in Northern Italy. However, it thrives best in cool regions.

The styles of wine made from Muscat range from light-bodied, light-alcohol, naturally bubbly wines to dry, white table wines and heady sweet wines of full-body.

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