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Muscat of Alexandria


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


Part of the Muscat family, Muscat of Alexandria is an ancient grape that thrives during hot seasons. Although the grape is mainly grown for raisin production, Muscat of Alexandria is also used in several wines. The grape's wines are spicy, lively, and sometimes sweet.

Muscat of Alexandria is heavily cultivated in the island of Samos, Greece. The grape originated in north Africa, and is still grown in South Africa, where it is an important part of the winemaking industry. There are also some plantings in Spain and Italy. Australia's warm, humid weather contributes to the production of Muscat of Alexandria wines that are just intense enough to bring out the grape's best flavors.