Moscato wine is famous for its sweet flavors of peach, orange blossom and nectarine. The name originates from Italy, but the Muscat grape may be one of the oldest cultivated varieties in the world.
What is Moscato Wine?
In most cases Moscato wine is a sweet, slightly bubbly white wine made from Muscat Blanc grapes often referred to more specifically as Moscato d’Asti. Though Moscato is often sweet, its low alcohol (5-7% ABV).
Where does Moscato come from?
Moscato grows everywhere. From Italy to Brazil, Moscato’s presence over thousands of years in many different cultures suggests that the Muscat grape variety is really old. Moscato could be the oldest cultivatedvitis vinifera grape.
Major Styles of Moscato Wine
Sparkling Moscato d’Asti (most common)
Made with Muscat Blanc. This style is most commonly found in Italy and it’s called Moscato d’Asti. This sweet frizzante bubbly wine is noted for its high aromatics and light alcohol level (close to 5-6% ABV). This style is produced primarily with white Muscat Blanc grapes.
Muscat Blanc or Moscatel. This wine is typically white in color and uses either Muscat Blanc or Zibibbo grape. This style is less common, however some of these examples are made to be completely dry reaching alcohol levels of close to 12% ABV.
Made with Moscatel. This style is most commonly from the South of France, Southern Spain, Australia and the US. The wines are typically made with Moscatel grapes (aka Muscat of Alexandria) or Orange Muscat and have a thick oily texture as well as tawny color. Oak aging is common.
Moscato Food Pairing
Two words: “Asian Food”. It handles spicy foods perfectly since alcohol levels tend to be low and the sweetness tends to be high. Moscato loves aromatic spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and chile peppers. Wines like Moscato bode well with lighter meats like chicken and light flaky fish but can stand up to BBQ Pork just as well as an ice cold coke.