Muscat of Alexandria

(aka. Moscatel Gordo Blanco, Zibibbo, Hanepoot)

Muscat of Alexandria is an ancient variety, possibly originating in North Africa. Most plantings of this white varietal are in California, where it is generally used to produce raisins and table grapes. As of the mid-1990s, only a portion of the 5,200 acres (down from 11,500 in 1976) was converted to wine. For wine production, this grape is mainly raised in the hot Central Valley, where increasingly, it has been added to sweet quaffing wines of little distinction. Some of this wine is also added to other inexpensive wines, to boost and prettify aromas. Suitable for growing in hot Mediterranean climates, this grape has many synonym names, such as Chasselas Musque in France, Muscat Gordo Blanco or Lexia in Australia, and Hanepoot in South Africa. It makes sweet wines that are often judged inferior, compared to those of the Muscat Blanc variety. However, in some regions it can produce some exceptional sweet wines such as in Spain, where it is called Moscatel Read more »

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  • Sicily has a jaded reputation. Thanks to the illustrious movie making of ... a ... a mention of Zebbibo, aka Muscat of Alexandria. These grapes grow on the tiny island of Pantelleria, an active volcanic satellite island off the coast of Tunisia. The island was under Arab rule for four centuries; during that time they introduced grapevines to t... Read More

    From the article A Sicilian Wine Renaissance

  • Gaetano d'Aquino Moscato


    Nice inexpensive wine but taste semi expensive. Goes great with pasta, and salmon, as well as desert especially chocolate Read More

    Wine review by Skangethe

  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I didn't say they didn't evolve together, just that they were never developed together intentionally. Think about it. Most wine we know today is maybe a hundred or a hundred and fifty years old. In the late 1800s, Barolo was sweet, Bordeaux was putting out clear wines from Malbec an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian food and what wines??????

  • Domaine Pouderoux Muscat de Rivesaltes 2006


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website de Rivesaltes is an appellation created in 1956 for sweet white fortified wines made of the muscat grapes [muscat a petit grains and muscat de Alexandria ] from 90 communes in Rousillon in south-west France.Fermentation is stopped by the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The line between vine and village can be a non-existent one. Earlier this ... Zibibbo grape, also known as Muscat of Alexandria. The grape has North African origins and was introduced to Pantelleria by the Phoenicians, Italian publication La Repubblica said. In response to the designation, President of the European Council of Agriculture and F... Read More

    From the article Head of the Pack: Italian Village's Vineyard Techniques Gain UNESCO Recognition

  • Michele Chiarlo 'Nivole' Moscato D' Asti 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by Mildred77

  • Emilio Lustau Moscatel Superior Emilin Reserva Sherry


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    Wine review by Ennis1

  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that ... ... Produced from the local Muscat of Alexandria, known as Zibibbo, the grapes for Ben Rye, Arabic for “son of the wind” , are in fact air dried for about a month after harvest, after which they are slowly fermented, with new dried grapes added to the must periodicall... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy

  • Domaine du Mas Blanc Banyuls Blanc 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for 8.50.Banyuls is an AOC created in 1936,although viticulture in the area goes back centuries,for red and white fortified wines from around the Mediiterranean seaside town of that name between Perpignan and the Spanish frontier.The borders of the AOC are the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cazes le Canon du Maréchal White 2009


    An easy off dry aromatic to appreciate and afford. The Viognier allows the Muscat to retain a sweetness that subsides with subtle apricot notes on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Muscat in the name almost always means it is a wine with added alcohol. A true Zibobo or passito does NOT have muscat in the label...also Passito and Zibibo are FRSH wines, to be consumed young. Aged Passito, Passito over one year old is put in the trash on Pantelleria.....same with Zibibo. I live on Pantelleria six years now. There is NO reliab...

    Comment by 391917Pantelleria Wine 391917 Pantelleria Wine

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