In this article we are going to learn more about the Muscatel of Alexandria grape, its characteristics, what it contributes to wine, where it is usually grown, and its origin.
The Muscatel of Alexandria grape is a white grape that is part of the Moscatel family. It is characterized by its great aromatic power and high sugar content. The fruits of the bunch are larger and oval than those of the small-grained Muscat. It is also known as Muscatel of fat grain, or Muscatel of Málaga.
In addition, it is also characterized by having one of the earliest harvests in Spain because the high temperatures in the growing areas allow a gradual and constant ripening. The harvest usually begins at the end of August.
It is used for the production of raisins, as a table grape and for the production of dry and sweet white wines, with elegant, powerful and floral aromas.
The grape Muscatel of Alexandria It needs hot and humid climates, therefore the influence of the sea favors its cultivation. In Spain it is the main variety in the provinces of Alicante, Valencia, and Malaga.
According to various DNA analyzes, the Muscatel of Alexandria grape has its origin in a natural cross between the Greek grape Axina de Tres Bias, and the Muscatel Morisco, or small grain.
Despite its name, there is no scientific evidence to support the theory that it originated in Ancient Egypt. The very age of the grape makes it very difficult to find out what its real origin was.
It is considered an Ancient Vine, and wine experts believe that it is one of the oldest ones that are not genetically modified and that still survive.
It originated in the Mediterranean, and on the island of Samos it is said that Cleopatra drank Muscatel wine from there.
Currently the cultivation of the Muscatel of Alexandria grape is widespread throughout the world. It is currently grown in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, Australia, South Africa, California, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru.
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