The Ultimate Guide to Moscato Wine

Summer may be fleeting, but Moscato white wine is a sweet vintage you can enjoy year-round. Whether you sip it as an aperitif or savor it with a gourmet meal, the hints of orange blossom and peach, mandarin orange, sweet lemon, pear, and honeysuckle will delight your palate. 

What Is Moscato Wine?

Moscato wine is produced from Muscat grapes, of which there are 200 known varieties grown around the world. Italy is the top producer of semi-sweet, semi-sparkling Moscato using Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains grapes grown in the Piedmont region. While Moscato typically comes from Italy, you can also find varieties from California and Australia, as well as Germany, where it’s labeled “Muskateller,” and Spain, where it’s called “Moscatel.” 

Is Moscato sweet? Quite simply, yes. It’s also light with low alcohol content. This is due to its brief fermentation process, which tends to produce wine with higher levels of sugar and lower amounts of alcohol. 

Moscato wine prices are very affordable, with some of the best Moscato wines costing less than $50 a bottle.

What Are Some Moscato Wine Types?

While you may find you are most familiar with Moscato white wine with its amber color and sweet flavor, you can also find both pink and red varieties. 

Pink Moscato wine is primarily composed of Muscat grapes and a bit of Merlot to give it its pink hue. The blend embodies the same characteristics of Moscato white wine with just an added touch of strawberry flavor.

Blending Moscato white with reds such as Syrah or Zinfandel produces Red Moscato. This wine retains the signature taste and aroma of Moscato but with added notes of wild cherry, berry, and peach.

What Is The Best Way To Serve Moscato Wine?

Moscato wine is best served chilled to enhance its sweetness and unleash its fruit and floral flavors. White and Pink Moscato should be served at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, while Red Moscato needs to be only slightly chilled at approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Sparkling Moscato should be served a bit colder at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain its light, crisp bubbly deliciousness.

To bring out the best in your Moscato, serve most varieties in a white wine glass, except for Sparkling Moscato, which can be served in a Champagne flute. 

Because Moscato is a sweet wine, you should pair it with foods featuring contrasting flavors to achieve balance. Moscato beautifully complements spicy foods such as curries, barbecue pork, and shrimp, or dishes created with exotic spices such as turmeric, saffron, or ginger. 

If you’re serving Moscato as an aperitif, this recipe for Moscato wine punch is the perfect segue into an amazing meal.

Moscato Wine Punch

Pour half a cup of chilled Moscato wine, half a cup of lemon/lime soda, and half a cup of raspberry-flavored lemonade into a glass and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. 

Final Thoughts

Over the course of the past decade, Moscato wine has become increasingly popular, even trendy, with younger generations. It’s made an appearance in hip-hop songs and has even been featured on a reality TV series. And while trends do come and go, it’s a sure thing that Moscato wine, with its bright, sweet flavor, will continue to grace the wine collections of many a wine aficionado.