Muscat

Common synonyms: Moscatel, Müskateller, and many, many offshoots including but not limited to Orange Muscat, Black Muscat, Muscat Blanc (a.k.a. Muscat à Petit Grains), Muscat Giallo, Muscat of Alexandria.

 
Parentage of the grape: The oldest known grape variety, most likely originated in Greece
 
History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires grew, through Egypt into South Africa, through Italy into the rest of Europe, through Australia via either South Africa or Europe, and lastly into the Americas by way of Spain. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: golden yellow to dark amber in color, orange blossom, orange peel, white flowers. Other variants of the grape produce lighter to darker wines depending on the hybrid and region, but all share that aromatic orange characteristic. 
 
Regions where the grape is currently important: Almost any European country produces Muscat in some form Read more »

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