Moscato wine in Australia
is the Italian word for Muscat. But over the past few years Moscato wine has acquired a new meaning in Australia.
Moscato is a low alcohol wine often sweet and a just a little bubbly (spritzig).
It can be made with any of the several varieties of Muscat, especially Muscat a Petit Grains. Zibibbo is the pink version of Moscato.
Prosecco is a similar but drier style made with the Prosecco grape.
Over recent years low alcohol sweet or semi sweet wines under the name Moscato have become very popular in Australia. These are typically low alcohol wines (6-10%) and are ideal as aperitifs, especially on a hot afternoon.
The appeal of these wines is that they are very refreshing. The natural acidity of the wine is offset by the sweetness, but they are not overwhelmingly sweet.
Many occasional or novice wine drinkers find these wines more palatable than overoaked Chardonnay or astringent Sauvignon blanc.
They may start with these wines and eventually be encouraged to try other fuller-bodied table wines.
The following Australian wineries are making Moscato style wines
Adina Vineyard Hunter Valley |
Andrew Peace Wines Swan Hill |
Angoves Winery Riverland |
Annie's Lane Clare Valley |
Audrey Wilkinson Hunter Valley |
Bago Vineyards Hastings River |
Ballast Stone Estate Currency Creek |
Banrock Station Riverland |
Bellbrae Estate Geelong |
Bent Creek Vineyards McLaren Vale |
Box Stallion Mornington Peninsula |
Brown Brothers King Valley |
Bullers Beverford Swan Hill |
Cargo Road Wines Orange |
Casella Riverina |
Chalk Hill Winery McLaren Vale |
Chalmers Murray Darling |
Chateau Tanunda Barossa Valley |
Constable Vineyards Hunter Valley |
Crittenden at Dromana Mornington Peninsula |
Cumulus Wines Orange |
De Bortoli Riverina |
Di Lusso Estate Mudgee |
Dominic Versace Wines Adelaide Plains |
Dos Rios Swan Hill |
Ernest Schuetz Wines Mudgee |
Evans and Tate Margaret River |
Folino Estate Alpine Valleys |
Foxey's Hangout Mornington Peninsula |
G Pattriti & Co McLaren Vale |
Gapsted Alpine Valleys |
Glandore Estate Hunter Valley |
Gracebrook Vineyards King Valley |
Grant Burge Barossa Valley |
Holm Oak Northern Tasmania |
Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley |
Ironbark Hill Estate Hunter Valley |
Jack Rabbit Vineyard Geelong |
Jeanneret Wines Clare Valley |
Jindalee Estate Geelong |
Kirrihill Adelaide Hills |
Kirrihill Estates Clare Valley |
Lake Breeze Langhorne Creek |
Lillypilly Estate Riverina |
Logan Wines Mudgee |
Mandalay Road Geographe |
McPherson Wines Nagambie Lakes |
Mitchelton Nagambie Lakes |
Montevecchio Heathcote |
Oakway Estate Geographe |
Pengally Lane Wines Bendigo |
Petersons Glenesk Estate Mudgee |
Philip Lobley Wines Upper Goulburn |
Redbank Victoria King Valley |
Rolf Binder Barossa Valley |
Sam Miranda Wines King Valley |
Simpatico Barossa Valley |
Southern Highland Wines Southern Highlands |
Stefano di Pieri Murray Darling |
Stella Bella Margaret River |
Symphony Hill Wines Granite Belt |
Tempus Two Hunter Valley |
Terra Felix Upper Goulburn |
T'Gallant Mornington Peninsula |
The Grapes of Ross Barossa Valley |
The Wanderer Yarra Valley |
Tower Estate Hunter Valley |
Trentham Estate Murray Darling |
Underground Winemakers Mornington Peninsula |
Vale Creek Wines Central Ranges Zone |
Vineyard 28 Geographe |
Virgara Wines Adelaide Plains |
Warburn Estate Riverina |
Warrabilla Wines Rutherglen |
Westend Estate Riverina |
Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale |
Wynwood Estate Hunter Valley |
Yarran Riverina |
Zilzie Wines Murray Darling
Food Pairing with Moscato Wine
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Use this link to find online and physical stores near you who stock Moscato
wine. You can read reviews and compare prices.
Here are several options for food pairing with Moscato wine
- The wines are low in alcohol and are ideal for drinking without food, perhaps on a hot afternoon before dinner.
- The light sweet style is also well matched with light appetiser foods
- Moscato is ideal with a refresher course during a heavy meal, for example you may decide to serve a glass of Moscato with a palate cleansing lemon sorbet after a rich course
- With dessert - Moscato is an ideal accompaniment to creamy or cheesy dishes. If you enjoy a rich chocolate dessert a light Moscato could provide a pleasing contrast.
Please contact me if you know of other Aussie producers of this style.