Moscato Bianco

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Moscato Bianco (White Muscat) is one of the most cultivated native vines in Italy, widespread both in the northern and southern regions. It is part of the great Moscato family, together with Moscato Giallo, Moscato Rosa, Moscato Nero, Moscato di Alessandria (also called Zibibbo), Moscatello di Saracena, Moscato di Scanzo and Moscato di Terracina.

It was imported into Italy more than two thousand years ago by the Greeks during the colonization of Southern Italy, but its cultivation in the northern regions is more recent, which took place from 1300 onwards. In Piedmont it has found a fertile environment, both for the characteristics of the subsoil and for commercial choices made by the politicians of the epoch. In fact, the Moscato Bianco served to satisfy the enological needs of the most well-to-do classes, giving them a wine that distinguished itself from the others.

In Piedmont, where Moscato Bianco covers more than 20% of the area under vines, the vine is used for the production of sparkling wines, such as those belonging to the famous name Asti DOCG. In the rest of Italy, with much lower percentages, Moscato is used both in the production of still, sparkling, passito and liqueur wines.

Moscato Bianco, like all Moscato grapes, is characterized by its high aromatic potential. This characteristic allows in fact to preserve the scent of the fruit even after vinification, thus giving the wine intense and variegated hints of flowers and fruit. Thanks to the good acidity it is also suitable for sparkling wine.

Tasting

The color of the wine produced with white Moscato depends on the type of vinification and the area where it is grown. In the simplest wines, both still and sparkling, the predominant color is intense straw yellow; in passito or fortified wines the prevalent color is intense golden yellow, possibly with further amber reflections.

The scent is very characteristic and easily identifiable. It is always very intense and very complex. In young wines emerge floral notes of roses and citrus, notes of fresh fruit such as apricot, orange, peach and exotic fruit; the vegetal notes are practically imperceptible, while among the spicy ones emerges the honey. Further notes of dried figs, ripe fruit, candied fruit and jam emerge in the more aged or aged wines.

The taste is very intense and very pleasant, characterized by a pleasant acidity and a slight bitter note. The wine produced is moderately structured and with a notable persistence.

Olfactory profile

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  • Vegetal
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  • Spicy
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Flavor profile

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Classification

Aosta Valley

  • Valle d'Aosta Chambave Moscato DOC
  • Valle d'Aosta Chambave Moscato Passito DOC

Piedmont

  • Asti DOCG
  • Loazzolo DOC
  • Moscato d'Asti DOCG
  • Moscato d'Asti Vendemmia tardiva DOCG
  • Piemonte Moscato DOC
  • Piemonte Moscato Passito DOC
  • Strevi DOC

Lombardy

  • Oltrepò Pavese Moscato DOC
  • Oltrepò Pavese Moscato Liquoroso dolce DOC
  • Oltrepò Pavese Moscato Liquoroso secco DOC

Veneto

  • Colli Euganei Bianco DOC
  • Colli Euganei Bianco Spumante DOC
  • Colli Euganei Merlo Novello
  • Colli Euganei Moscato DOC
  • Colli Euganei Moscato Spumante DOC

Liguria

  • Golfo del Tigullo-Portofino Moscato DOC

Emilia-Romagna

  • Colli di Parma Malvasia amabile
  • Colli di Parma Malvasia secco
  • Colli di Parma spumante amabile
  • Colli di Parma spumante secco
  • Colli Piacentini Monterosso Val d'Arda DOC
  • Colli Piacentini Monterosso Val d'Arda Spumante DOC
  • Colli Piacentini Trevviano Val Trebbia DOC
  • Colli Piacentini Trebbiano Val Trebbia Frizzante
  • Colli Piacentini Trebbiano Val Trebbia Spumante DOC

Tuscany

  • Colli Etruschi Viterbesi Moscatello DOC
  • Colli Etruschi Viterbesi Moscatello Passito DOC
  • Elba Moscato Passito DOC
  • Elba Passito Bianco DOC
  • Moscadello di Montalcino DOC
  • Moscatello di Montalcino Frizzante DOC
  • Moscatello di Montalcino Tranquillo DOC
  • Moscatello di Montalcino Vendemmia Tardiva DOC

Abruzzo

  • Controguerra Moscato Amabile DOC

Molise

  • Molise Moscato Bianco DOC
  • Molise Moscato Bianco Passito DOC
  • Molise Moscato Bianco Spumante DOC

Campania

  • Castel San Lorenzo Moscato DOC
  • Castel San Lorenzo Lambiccato DOC
  • Castel San Lorenzo Spumante DOC
  • Sannio Moscato DOC
  • Sannio Moscato Passito DOC
  • Sannio Moscato Spumante DOC

Apulia

  • Moscato di Trani Dolce naturale DOC
  • Moscato di Trani Liquoroso DOC

Sicily

  • Moscato di Noto DOC
  • Moscato di Noto Liquoroso DOC
  • Moscato di Noto Passito DOC
  • Moscato di Noto Spumante DOC
  • Moscato di Siracusa DOC
  • Siracusa Bianco DOC
  • Siracusa Moscato DOC
  • Siracusa Moscato Spumante DOC
  • Siracusa Passito

Sardinia

  • Moscato di Cagliari DOC
  • Moscato di Cagliari liquoroso DOC
  • Moscato di Sardegna DOC
  • Moscato di Sardegna Spumante DOC
  • Moscato di Sorso-Sennori DOC
  • Moscato di Sorso-Sennori Liquoroso dolce DOC

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Synonyms
  • Moscato
  • Moscadello
  • Moscatello
  • Moscatellone
  • Moscato reale
  • Muscat
  • Muscat blanc a petit grain
  • Muscat de Chambave
  • Muscateller
  • Muskateller
  • Weisser Muskateller.
Cultivation zone
Bunch
  • size: medium
  • shape: cylindrical-pyramidal
Grape
  • size: medium
  • color: amber yellow
Phenology
  • shooting period: medium-early
  • maturation period: medium-early
  • production: good
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