Muscat, known also as Moscatel in Spain, is an aromatic grape used to produce a wide range of wines ranging from dry, sparkling, sweet to fortified. It is grown in many regions include Spain, Italy, Chile, Alsace (France), California and Eastern Europe (e.g. Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Ukraine), exhibiting different wine styles.
In Italy, for example, it is most popular as the grape for Moscato d’Asti, a sweet sparkling wine whereas in Alsace France, it is made into a dry wine. There are many varietals under the Muscat family, including Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat Rose à Petit Grain, Muscat of Alexandria, Orange Muscat, etc.. With an aroma of “grape” and sweetness, it pairs well with light fruit based desserts or cured ham. Also with a color profile spanning from white to near black, muscat grapes have been found to have as high concentrations of antioxidants as red wines.