Muscat (Moscato in Italy, Moscatel in Spain and Portugal) is the name of one of the oldest and most widespread grape families in the world. The grapes we know today as Muscat – which are believed to have originated in the Middle East – have been used in winemaking since the times of the ancient Greeks.
As a general rule, Muscat prefers warm climates and thrives in a typical Mediterranean climate. The best examples come from Italy, France, Spain and in Rutherglen, Australia. However, a long history brings with it an equally long list of synonyms, mutations and crossings.
There is no one “true” Muscat, but rather a great many incarnations, each with its own regional nuance and character. Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (Moscato Bianco in Italy) is the oldest and most highly valued of the Muscat family. It is grown throughout the Old and New Worlds and made into a range of wine styles as diverse as its synonyms.