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Muscadelle


International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

Regional Varieties:   Albariño    Aligoté    Amigne    Arneis    Chasselas    Colombard    Cortese    Fiano    Grechetto    Grenache Blanc    Malvasia Istriana    Marsanne    Muscadelle    Muscat of Alexandria    Ortega    Palomino    Parellada    Petite Arvine    Prosecco    Rieslaner    Roussanne    Savagnin    Scheurebe    Seyval Blanc    Tocai Friulano    Torrontés    Vermentino    Welschriesling


Muscadelle is not related to Muscat. The wines are floral with tinges of grapes and raisins. The grape is becoming less popular as a trend toward more complex wines, both red and white, sweeps the wine world.

Its primary use up until recently has been in Sauternes. Although it is only a small percent of the blend, it can often lend some of its own flavor to the mixture. In Monbazillac, a less expensive Sauternes-type wine is produced using Muscadelle.

The grape has recently become popular in Australia, where it is used to make a fortified wine called Tokay. Sweet and alcoholic, Tokay ages in hot cellars before being bottled, which can often lead to a unique, interesting flavor. Similar wines are made all across Australia.