Muscat of Alexandria
is a white wine grape
that is a member of the Muscat family
of Vitis vinifera
. It is considered an "ancient vine", and wine experts believe it is one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence.J. Robinson Vines Grapes & Wines
pg 185 Mitchell Beazley 1986 ISBN 1-85732-999-6 While today it is mostly cultivated as a table grape or for raisin
production, it is still an important grape in the Australian
and South African wine
industry. It is also cultivated very heavily on the island of Samos
, in the North Eastern Aegean
region of Greece
, and reputedly Cleopatra
drank muscat wine from there. It is also thought to rival the French Beaume de Venise
in its most refined form. In Italy
wine is made from the grape on the island of Pantelleria
, and in Spain
, the grape is used for wine around Málaga
, and the Canary Islands
. The grape originated in North Africa
, and the name is probably derived from its association with Ancient Egyptians
who used the grape for wine making.
The vine thrives in a hot climate and is particularly sensitive to the cold during its flowering season.
Wine made from Muscat of Alexandria tends to be sweet with an earthy taste. It is not particularly aromatic. In Málaga the grape is often blended with Pedro......