Made from the Muscat grape, moscato wine is typically sweet, fruity, and floral, often featuring notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom, pear, and lemon. Muscat grapes can be grown all over the world from France to Spain to South America, but the balmy Mediterranean climate of Southern Italy is the location best known for producing these sweet wines.
Find out where Moscato falls on the wine sweetness chart.
Made with white Muscat Blanc grapes, Moscato d’Asti is the most well-known Moscato wine. Sweet, with a relatively low alcohol content of about 5 to 7%, Moscato d’Asti is also typically “frizzante,” which means it’s slightly sparkling.
If you love the lightly effervescent nature of Moscato d’Asti, you may also love Asti Spumante, which is the full sparkling version of a Moscato sweet white wine.
Floral, citrus, and spice notes come together in this wine, which is drier than its counterparts because it’s made from grapes grown in cooler climates than most Muscat.
Learn about more sweet wine types from around the world.
Pink Moscatos are typically sweet wines, most often made with Muscat Blanc grapes and a splash of red wine like Merlot. Moscato Rosa, however, is a blush wine made with red-skinned Muscat grapes.
Black and orange Muscat grapes are used to make this red wine.
Moscatel, also called Muscat Blanc, is a Spanish still Moscato. Gone is the style’s signature effervescence and its uniquely low alcohol content, as Moscatel tends to be around 11 to 13% ABV and can drink quite dry.
With a richer mouthfeel and even more concentrated sweetness, dessert Moscatos are at home on the table after dinner, to be sipped and savored.
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Pairing Moscato With Food
Try pairing this sweet wine with spicy foods like Thai curry and General Tso’s chicken or with dessert. Moscato d’Asti, or Asti Supmante if you want more powerful bubbles, is a natural pairing for funfetti birthday cake, while dessert Moscato does well alongside an after-dinner cheese course. Moscato is also at home on the breakfast table, perfect for starting the day alongside fruit danishes or dim sum thanks to a low alcohol content and bubbly nature!