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White Muscat

This grape variety with its unmistakable fragrance is used especially to produce sweet wines, both fresh and fortified.

The white Muscat is one of the most disseminated Muscat grape varieties. It originates from the mid-eastern basin of the Mediterranean. The Greek colonies were the carrier of its spread into the southern Italian regions, carrying with them the seeds or the vinestocks to cultivate them in the colonies of Magna Grecia.

The grapes were already cited by the Romans as Apicae (by Catone) or Apianae (by Columella and Plinius). Its name derives from muscum (moss) due to its intense fragrance and sweet aroma. In ancient times a sweet wine was obtained allowing the grapes to wither.

The spread to the north took place primarily in the middle ages thanks to the Venetians, who with their trade with the Mediterranean islands brought them into all of northern Europe. The cultivation of the grape variety spread quickly thanks to the wishes of the well-to-do classes, since the winemaker was often reluctant to cultivate it, due to the difficulty of obtaining withered grape wine.

The white variety, cultivated in Aosta Valley, between Verrayes and Saint-Vincent, is the most valued: this grape variety with its unmistakable fragrance is used especially to produce sweet wines, both fresh and fortified, straw-gold in color and with an intense flavor: excellent as an aperitif, also matches with crustaceans and medium-ripened cheeses.

Highly valued in the passito or "fletri" version as meditation wine, it is vilified when the valuable fruits lose most of their water, bringing out the wealth of sweetness and fragrance.
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