One of the most appreciated Italian wines: the Moscato

Here is one of the best Italian wines

One of the most delicious Italian wines is the Moscato wine and it is one of the products that makes Italy known all over the world for the excellent quality of its traditional gastronomic products, coming from  various Italian regions. One of the most appreciated Italian wines is precisely the Moscato wine. Italian Traditions will guide you on the discovery of this incredible wine explaining what it is and telling you about its history and why it is among one of the favorite wines of Italians and not only. Finally, we will introduce some dishes which are best paired with this type of wine, in order to make the most of your dining experience.

What is Moscato wine

Moscato wine is a sweet and particularly aromatic sparkling wine. The name comes from the word “muscum” which means moss and in fact both the Moscato grape and the wine obtained from it have a moss or nutmeg aroma. There are three types of grapes from which the wine is obtained and they are Moscato Nero, Moscato Rosato and Moscato Bianco. Among its main features, are its intense profile, the sweet taste and the straw yellow colour (as far as white grapes are concerned). This Italian wine is actually obtained from white or black grape varieties that bear the name of Moscato.

This type of wine is prepared in almost all the Italian regions and particularly in:

  • Trentino Alto Adige
  • Friuli
  • Veneto
  • Tuscany
  • Molise
  • Apulia
  • Sicily

The most appreciated varieties of Moscato wine come from Piedmont and precisely from the area of Asti that is favored by ideal climatic conditions allowing the grapes to mature in the best possible way. The production in Friuli and Veneto is also of excellent quality

The history of Moscato wine

The history of Moscato wine is very old and the first documents attesting its presence in Piedmont date back to the first years of the 14th century. The Moscato Piedmontese wine that was already produced between 14th  and 15th century became popular in the middle of the 16th century, when Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Savoy, began an important reorganization of his state mainly aimed at important improvements  in agriculture and, therefore, also on viticulture techniques. A better selection of the cultivars brought to a wide increase of the number of vineyards, with Muscat grapes vineyards becoming the most diffused and the Moscato wine the main produce of the region. Starting from 1963, the specifications for the controlled designations of origin (DOC) were enacted and the Moscato producers established the strict specifications to be followed by producers in order to protect and prepare this wine in the best possible way.

Moscato wine: how to pair it

The taste of Moscato wine is exalted above all thanks to the combination with desserts, from fruit tarts to leavened ones such as Panettone and sponge cakes. Its sweet taste in fact pairs perfectly with desserts when served at a temperature between the 6 ° and 8 C°. However, Moscato wine used to be combined with salami and cheese and it was a savoury snack perfect for farmers who worked in the vineyards. Whichever way you decide to enjoy this incredible wine you will definitely be pleasantly impressed.

In Italy There are many products of excellent quality that are appreciated and known also abroad. Among these, is one of the most renowned Italian wines: Moscato. The unique characteristics of these regional excellencies make the products of the Italian tradition recognizable all over the world. If you want to find out more about this topic we suggest you to read this article about the best Italian wines. Now that you know all about Moscato wine you have to taste it, if you haven’t done so yet.

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