What's the Best Moscato Wine?
Moscato wine is the number one choice as a wine for desserts and a great companion for many other dishes and occasions.
It's definitely one of the most loved wines around the world!
Moscato wine is produced from the Muscat grapes, a family of grapes with origins in the ancient Greece.
Each variety of Muscat has distinctive characteristics and for this reason, the wineries produce various types of Moscato wines that are very different between them.
But what is the best Moscato wine?
Before answering this question, let’s see which are the various types of Muscat grapes and what wines can be made from each of them.
Main Muscat Varieties
Muscat grapes have always been some of the most common grape varieties in the Mediterranean basin.
In the Middle Ages these grapes spread in northern Europe, especially in France, and with the passage of time, they slowly gained popularity all over the world.
This popularity is easily explained by the intense aroma and sweet taste of these grapes, which make them ideal for the production of dry or sweet dessert wines, both sparkling and still.
So, let’s see which are the most popular Muscat varieties.
1. Muscat Blanc
The most appreciated variety, as well as the most widespread in Europe and not only, is the Muscat Blanc.
The grapes have a greenish-yellow color and a characteristic sweet and aromatic flavor. The wines produced with Muscat Blanc have a crisp and pleasantly sweet flavor with an intense fruity after taste of apple, citrus, and peach.
They have a low alcohol concentration of about 11-12% and are traditionally served with desserts.
2. Golden Muscat
This variety of Muscat differs from the first one in color, skin thickness and dimension of the grape berries.
In fact, these berries are larger, their skin is definitely thicker and the color is a golden yellow. These grapes are usually used for the production of sweet sparkling Moscato wines.
However, some wineries use this variety of Muscat for the production of still dry wines, the result being a fresh wine that preserves the typical aroma of the grape.
3. Muscat Rose
This is a very rare variety of Muscat characterized by a pink-purple skin and a strong aroma of roses and flowers rather than fruits. The grapes are usually seedless and used for the production of sweet dessert wines.
4. Muscat of Alexandria
These grapes of Egyptian origins probably have the largest berries in the Muscat family.
They have a green color and a very thick skin. Widespread in the Mediterranean basin, the Muscat of Alexandria is mainly used for the production of full-body wines with intense aromas of candied apricots, figs, and orange marmalade.
5. Black Muscat
Also known as Muscat of Hamburg, this is a rare variety characterized by an almost black purplish color.
Typically used as table grapes, this variety is also used in a few parts of the world for the production of extremely fine sweet red wines.
In addition to these main varieties, around the world are cultivated many other varieties of Muscat grapes, each of them with distinctive characteristics and flavors.
Now, returning to our question, what is the perfect Moscato wine?
Since there are so many Muscat varieties and so many delicious Moscato wines, we made a selection of what, in our opinion, are the top Moscato wines. Here they are.
The 30 Best Moscato Wines
If you're a fan of Moscato, then in our opinion, these are the wines that should be next on your shopping list!
30. Quady Red Electra Moscato Muscat Blend 2014
The first Moscato wine that has made it to the list is this 2014 Quady Red Electra Moscato Muscat Blend Wine which comes from the Quady Winery which is located in California.
It has a black muscat blend and a composition of orange muscat and black muscat.
You can get one bottle of this best Moscato wine for $13.99. Youm can also get a pack of three bottlesfor $41.97 or a pack of six bottles for $83.94. The alcohol by volume is at 5.5% and has a screwcaptop.
This is definitely a must try if you enjoy your sweet wines. This has become a favorite among many wine lovers.
29. Quady Moscato Orange Muscat Wine 2014
This is such an exciting and fun looking wine bottle. I love the look of wine bottles just as much as the taste as I love to display them proudly on my wine racks for all to see. If you’re like me then you’ll agree that this is a fine looking wine bottle indeed.
You can get one bottle of this best Moscato wine for $13.99. You can also get a pack of three bottles for $41.97 or a pack of six bottles for $83.94.
This wine is also made in the Quady Winery located in California and has an orange muscat blend.
The composition of this wine includes muscat canelli and orange muscat. The alcohol by volume of itis a low 4.5%.
28. Maryhill Winery Moscato di Canelli Wine 2012
This is another wine bottle that just simply looks amazing. It is quite a simple design but it certainly packs a punch. This Moscato wine is made in the Maryhill Winery which is in Columbia Valley,Washington.
You get one bottle of this Moscato wine for $15, three bottles for$45 or six bottles for $90. You can save on shipping costs when ordering in bulk which is what I tend to do. This is a delicious white wine with a 100% muscat composition.
Because this is a white wine and not a dessert wine, the alcohol by volume is higher than the previous two at 13.1%.
27. Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti Italian Sparkling Wine
This is a classic looking bottle of wine but with a very darling polka dot band around the neck of the bottle. This Moscato wine was made at the Moscato D’Asti Winery in Italy and is a gorgeous sparkling rose wine.
You can get one bottle of this Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti Italian Sparkling Wine for $14.99 or you canget a pack of three bottles for $44.97.
You can also get a pack of sixbottles of this sparkling wine for$89.94. This is a bargain for the quality of wine this is.
This delicious sparkling rose wine is perfect to pair with your dessert after a hard day at work. There is no better way to relax than with dessert and a fine sparkling wine.
26. 2014 Quady Elysium Black Muscat Wine
This is another Moscato wine from the Quady Winery. I think you have now realized that one of the best places to get your Moscato wine is from this winery. It is a dessert wine that has a black muscat blend.
You can get one bottle of this 2014 Quady Elysium Black Muscat Wine for $21.99 or you can get a pack of three bottles for $65.97. You can also get a pack of six bottles of this sparkling wine for $131.94.
It is quite strong for a dessert wine with the alcohol by volume being 15%. This will taste great when paired with with soft cheeses, cheesecake and dark chocolate desserts.
25. NV Quady Deviation Orange Muscat Wine
You’ve guessed it; it is another Moscato wine from the Quady Winery in California. They really do know how to make their Moscato wines which is why you’ll see so many of their wines on this list. This particular wine has an orange muscat blend.
You can get one bottle of this NV Quady Deviation Orange Muscat Winefor $24.99, three bottles for$74.97 or 6 bottles for $149.94. The composition of this dessert wine includes muscat canelli and orange muscat.
This is another strong dessert wine with an alcohol by volume of 15%. This has notes of spicy, floral and herbal flavors.
24. 2014 Quady Essensia Orange Muscat Wine
There is something so warming and inviting about this bottle of wine with its gorgeous orange and gold design. It is certainly a pleasant looking bottle of wine that will look great when served at a dinner party.
You can get one of these 2014 Quady Essensia Orange Muscat Wines for just $21.99. You can also get a pack of 3 bottles for $65.97 or a pack of 6 bottles for $131.94. This gorgeous dessert wine is from the Quady Winery in San Vicente, California.
It has an orange muscat blend with a composition of muscat canelli and orange muscat. The volume is a strong 15% so it certainly packs a punch.
23. Barefoot Cellars California Moscato Wine
Everyone loves the Barefoot brand, not only because they do some of the best wine around but also because they don’t charge an arm and a leg for it. This moscato wine has notes of orange blossom, apricot and pear.
You can guy 6 bottles of the Barefoot Cellars California Moscato wine for just $59.35 which is one of the cheapest bottles of wine on the list at just under $9.89 each. It is a very sweet wine with beautiful hints of orange blossom.
As well as having juicy apricot and tangerine flavors, this moscato wine also has a snappy lime finish that can be enjoyed.
22. 2012 Bellangelo Finger Lakes Moscato Wine
This is a beautiful bottle of moscato wine from the Villa Bellangelo vineyard which is located in Finger Lakes, New York. It is a sparkling wine that moscato blend. It also has a composition of 100% valvin muscat and an alcohol percentage of 11.2%.
You can get one bottle of the 2012 Bellangelo Finger Lakes Moscato Wine for $16.99. You can also get a pack of three bottles for $50.97 or a pack of six bottles for $101.94. Its main flavors are lychee, peach and pineapple.
This is a perfect wine to serve with dessert if you’re hosting a dinner party with friends or family. They will be sure to ask you where you bought it from!
21. NV Chateau Diana Sparkling Moscato
If sparkling wine is more your thing then this bottle of sparkling moscato wine is sure to have you excited.
It is made in the Chateau Diana Winery which is located in Italy. It has a moscato blend and just a 6% alcohol by volume percentage. This is ideal for those who like something a bit more delicate.
The even better news about this moscato wine is the price. One bottle of this NV Chateau Diana Sparkling Moscato Wine is just $10. You can also get a pack of 3 bottles for $30 or a pack of 6 bottles for just $60.
The main flavors you will find in this moscato wine are pear, almond and green apple. It will match perfectly with light pasta dishes and shellfish.
20. 2014 Willamette Valley Vineyards Tualatin Estate Semi Sparkling Muscat Wine
This unique bottle of moscato wine is from the Willamette Valley Vineyards which is located in Willamette Valley, Oregon. It is a stunning sparkling wine with a muscat blend. It has a composition of early muscat and alcohol strength of 6.8%.
You can buy one bottle of the 2014 Willamette Valley Vineyards Tualatin Estate Semi Sparkling Muscat Wine for $19. You can also buy a pack of three bottles for $57 or a pack of six bottles for$114.
It has flavors of lychee, guava and tropical fruit and will go perfectly with key lime pie or a fresh fruit salad.
19. NV Georgetown Vineyards American Moscato Wine
This is a very popular moscato wine from the Georgetown Vineyards in America. It has an alcohol by percentage of 12.1% which is quite a nice middle ground.
You can get one of these for just $10.99. You can also buy a pack of three bottles for $32.97 or a pack of six bottles for $65.94. It has a medium sweetness which is great for those who don’t like their moscato wines too sweet.
This moscato wine has a light peach and citrus flavor which was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. This is certainly a more traditional moscato wine than the sweeter moscato wines you most commonly find nowadays.
18. 2012 Marco Bonfante Moscato D’Asti Wine
This very traditional looking wine bottle contains the most delicious moscato wine which comes from the Marco Bonfante Winery which is located in Piedmont, Italy. It is a desert wine that has a moscato blend.
The only downside to the 2012 March Bonfante Moscato D’Asti Wine is that you can only buy the bottles as individuals rather than in packs. One bottle of the 20112 Marco Bonfante Moscato D’Asti Wine costs $17.95
This gorgeous wine has a lovely sweet fruity flavor but with hints of nutmeg too. The sweetness and freshness of this moscato wine is perfectly leveled.
17. 2015 Foris Vineyards Moscato Wine
This is one of the newer moscato wines on the list with it being harvested in 2015. This fresh bottle of moscato wine is from the Foris Vineyards in Rogue Valley, Oregon. It is a white wine with an early muscat blend.
You can buy one bottle for $14, three bottles for $42 or a pack of six bottles for $79.80. Buying a pack of six bottles will save you 5%.
It has quite a low alcohol by volume at 7.34% but it isn’t as low as some of the others so definitely still has a bit of a kick.
16. 2013 Mastro Vinaio Moscato D’Asti Wine
The design on this bottle of amazing moscato wine definitely looks very authentic and traditional. This would be a great center piece of the dining table when having guests around and will make them look forward to their dessert even more.
It is one of the more expensive moscato wines on the list but not by much so it is still a great deal. You can buy one bottle of the 2013 Mastro Vinaio Moscato D’Asti Wine for $19.99. You can also buy a pack of three bottles for $59.97 or a pack of six for $119.94.
This moscato wine comes from the Mastro Vinaio Winery in Piedmont, Italy. It is a white wine with moscato blend.
15. Stella Rosa Platinum, Italy
Produced by Il Conte Winery in Piedmont region in Italy, Stella Rosa Platinum is a delicious semi-sweet sparkling Moscato wine.
Stella Rosa Platinum is a full-bodied wine with crisp green apple, elderflower and vanilla flavors.
This wine is produced from a blend of Muscat grapes, its semi-sweet flavor making this wine perfect as an aperitif or as adessert wine.
Stella Rosa Platinum can also be successfully used for wine-based cocktails.
14. Quinta Nova Pomares Moscatel 2014, Portugal
From the sunny hills of Portugal, this Moscato wine is able to conquer the heart of any wine lover.
Quinta Nova PomaresMoscatel 2014 is produced from Muscat Blanc grapes variety and it is characterized by a greenish-yellow color and a fruity aroma.
This wine has an intense flavor with notes of lychee, tropical fruits, and citrus. The balance is given by a crisp freshness and a well-integrated acidity.
It represents an excellent choice for fish and seafood dishes, as well as for desserts.
13. Torres Viña Esmeralda 2014, Spain
A unique, refreshing and delicate wine from the Catalonia region of Spain is this Torres Viña Esmeralda 2014.
Muscat Blanc forms the basis of this exceptionally fragrant wine that fully maintains the fruity properties of the grapes.
This wine is characterized by floral and fruity fragrances such as acacia honey, citrus, passion fruit, and lime blossom.
It is balanced by a delicate acidity and perfect to pair with seafood and fish dishes or appetizers.
12. Brooks Terue Dry Muscat 2010, Oregon
Not many expect to find an excellent Moscato produced in a region famous for its Pinot Noirs, but Brooks’ Winery reserves a surprise.
In addition to fine Rieslings and Pinot Noirs, this winery impresses the wine lovers with this Brooks Terue Dry Muscat 2010.
This wine has an inspiring floral-fruity fragrance and an incredible flavor of banana, lychee, mango, peach, tangerines and almonds.
You can pair it with Asian dishes or with delicate desserts. This wine also represents an excellent choice for appetizers or fish dishes.
11. Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2013, France
A surprising wine, the result of a succession of very wet and very dry periods, including a violent hailstorm, is this Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2013 produced in Alsace, France.
As a result of the particular climate conditions, the Muscat grapes used for this particular wine were less sweet than normal and characterized by a higher acidity that can be noticed in the palate of this splendid dry Moscato.
This wine has delicate fruity-floral aromas and it is produced from a blend of Muscat d’Alsace and Muscat Ottonel. Perfect to pair with light fish dishes and vegetable dishes.
10. Ruffino Moscato D'Asti 2014, Italy
Probably one of the most famous Moscato wines in the world is Moscato D’Asti, and Ruffino Winery knew how to give even more value to such a fine wine.
The Ruffino Moscato D'Asti 2014 is a slightly sparkling sweet white wine with distinctive aromas of orange blossom and peach.
This is a very versatile Moscato wine, being ideal as anaperitif, served with Italian antipasti such as salami and cheese plates, melon and prosciutto or with delicate desserts.
In addition, this wine represents an excellent choice for spicy Asian dishes.
9. Jaboulet Beaumes de Venise Muscat 2012, France
With a history of almost 200 years, Paul Jaboulet Aîné is one of the most famous wineries in Rhône region in France.
Known for their high-quality wines, Jaboulet impresses with this Jaboulet Beaumes de Venise Muscat 2012 produced exclusively from the Muscat Blanc variety.
This wine is characterized by a crystal clear hue and a very intense bouquet. The main aromas of peach, apricot, lychee and mango are perfectly balanced while the flavor successfully maintains all the characteristics of the freshly picked Muscat grapes.
Excellent as anaperit if or on its own, this wine can also be paired with fish dishes, chicken or desserts.
8. Don Rodolfo Moscato 2015, Argentina
We couldn't possible leave this excellent Moscato wine from the list. It's produced in the Rioja region in Argentina by Don Rodolfo Winery.
This particular wine is the result of the excellent climatic conditions which allowed the Muscat grapes to mature faster.
The result is this sweet wine characterized by a strong fruity flavor with honeysuckle and peach aromas. In addition to the high-quality grapes, this wine is entirely handcrafted.
The dedication and hard work created this delicious wine that you can pair with Asian foods, especially with Chinese dishes or other spicy dishes.
7. Caposaldo Sparkling Peach Moscato, Italy
Light and delicious, produced from Muscat grapes in the Lombardy region in Italy, this Moscato strikes with its low alcohol concentration and delicate peach flavor.
The history of this wine begins with the production of a soft and elegant sparkling sweet Moscato with fresh flavors of honeysuckle, citrus, and peach.
Then, the peach flavor is enhanced with thenatural peach aroma, resulting this distinctive wine that can be paired with light desserts such as fresh sorbets, pastries or fresh fruits and fruit salads. The elegant packaging makes this wine perfect for a gift.
6. Rosatello Moscato, Italy
Another excellent Moscato wine from the Lombardy region is this Rosatello Moscato produced by the Rosatello Winery.
This wine is perfect for any occasion, having intense aromas of mint, citrus, peach and candied oranges.
This wine is light and crisp, being perfect to pair with light desserts and fruit salads or to be used for the preparation of wine-based cocktails.
However, the fresh aromas make this wine perfect to be served with appetizers as well, being an excellent choice for plates of dry fruits and cheese.
5. Bodegas Botani Moscato 2014, Spain
A delicious and versatile Moscato produced exclusively from the Muscat of Alexandria variety is this Bodegas Botani Moscato 2014.
This is a dry Moscato with a fresh and smooth taste and floral-fruity aromas of mandarin, apple, orange and wilted flowers. The fermentation, partially made in oak barrels, gives the wine a beautiful pale straw color.
This wine pairs perfectly with fish, shellfish and seafood dishes, as well as with Asian foods and spicy Indian dishes.
However, this Bodegas Botani Moscato 2014 can be successfully served as an aperitif or simply as a refreshing white wine.
4. St. Supery Moscato 2014, California
Made of Muscat Canelli variety, this opulent sweet Moscato boasts dominant aromas of peach blossom and mandarin. The flavor is fresh and sweet, with delicate hints of orange zest, peach, and nectarine.
Produced as a dessert wine, this Moscato is more versatile than one might think. In fact, it can be paired with many salty dishes, such as fruit and cheese platters, grilled fish or exotic dishes such as chicken with pineapple sauce.
When it comes to desserts, this wine is perfect for cheesecakes or fruit salads.
3. Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat, Australia
This Museum Reserve Muscat from YalumbaWinery is definitely one of the best Moscato wines available on the market.
This premium fortified sweet wine is made of the red and pink clones of the Petite Grain variety and aged for many years in oak barrels.
The characteristics of this deep tawny red wine are the rich flavors of raisin and candied fruits, spices, and nuts.
The flavor has an incredible persistence and the aromas remind of rose petals, caramelized orange and toffee. This wine is perfect for desserts, being successfully paired with chocolate cakes or caramel mousse.
2. Stein Family Magic Hour White Moscato 2011
A red “white” Moscato wine, made of a blend of Muscat Blanc and Cabernet Franc, is this Magic Hour White Moscato 2011.
The wine is characterized by intricate aromas of strawberry, cherry, cherry compote and raspberry pie and by intense flavors of sweet strawberry and red cherry.
This fresh “Rosato” Moscato was created to be enjoyed with almost all foods, including meat, cheese, and vegetables. Paired with pork or lamb dishes, this wine will add a fresh note to your dinner.
1. Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2014
Definitely less famous than the white varieties, the Black Muscat grapes can be successfully used for the production of excellent Moscato wines.
One fine example of black Moscato is this Elysium Black Muscat 2014 from the Quady Winery.
The history of this lightly fortified wine begins with years of hard work and dedication that led to the production of this excellent Moscato wine with flavors of lychee, cherry, and strawberry.
The floral-fruity aroma reminds of roses and strawberries. This wine can be paired with cheese, especially with goat cheese and with various desserts, such as cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, and puddings.
A truly amazing variety of moscato wine!
As you can see, when it comes to Moscato wine, there is a myriad of choices available.
While the final choice will certainly depend on your preferences, we really recommend you to try all the wines from our selection then decide what is the perfect Moscato wine for you.
We can't wait to hear what you think down in the comments section!
What's your favorite? Have we missed a good one?