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Moscato

See under muscatel.

It is primarily associated with the name of a grape variety. In fact, it is an umbrella term for various varieties, crossbreeds or new varieties with Muscat involvement and also, not infrequently, unrelated grape varieties. It is therefore not possible to speak of a group of varieties and certainly not of a muscatel family (the same phenomenon also applies to the four name groups Lambrusco, Malvasia, Trebbiano and Vernaccia). There are Muscatel varieties with berries in all imaginable shades of white, yellow, grey, green, pink, red, brown, purple, blue and black. According to one of the numerous hypotheses, the variety is said to have been known to the Egyptians and Persians as early as 3,000 BC, for which wall paintings are sometimes mentioned as an indication. However, there is no conclusive evidence of this, as identification is naturally not possible with such pictorial representations.

Muscat Blanc - Traube Muscat Blanc, Blatt, Trauben Muscat Gris und Muscat Noir

Greece or Italy is regarded as the probable origin. This is supported by the fact that both countries have descendants and relationships to other varieties. According to this, it may have been brought to Europe by the Greeks and spread by the Romans in their territory. Allegedly, the emperors Charlemagne (742-814) and Frederick I. Barbarossa (1122-1190) were already great admirers of Muscat....

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